Georgia Tech’s Academic Progress Rate scores, released Wednesday by the NCAA, were largely solid among the school’s 17 varsity sports.
Nine teams improved or remained perfect, two stayed the same and four declined. (Outdoor track and indoor track are counted as one sport in APR scoring.)
Among its peers in the ACC, six teams – football, golf, men’s swimming and diving, volleyball, women’s cross country and women’s swimming and diving – were among the top three in their respective sports.
Four teams – men’s golf, men’s swimming and diving, volleyball and women’s cross country – were recognized by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards for finishing in the top 10 percentile of their sports. The football team finished one sport shy of its fourth award. It was the 12th consecutive award for the golf team, which has had a perfect score of 1,000 every year.
“It’s a great point of pride for Georgia Tech athletics to rank among the nation’s leaders in APR,” Georgia Tech director of athletics Todd Stansbury said in a statement. “As I said last week when the Public Recognition Awards were announced, our APR success is due to our student-athletes’, coaches’ and academic support staff’s dedication to our mission of developing young people who will change the world. I thank them and congratulate them for their hard work and achievements.”
Twelve of the 15 teems were above the national average for their respective sports, two more (baseball and women's tennis) were within five points of the average. Only one, women's basketball, was significantly below. The team scored a 963, and the average was 980.
APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention over a four-year period. This year’s rates include scores from the 2012-13 through 2015-16 academic years.