Academic report places Texas Tech athletics in good standing

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Texas Tech's emphasis on the educational progression of its student-athletes was acknowledged Tuesday as all 17 sports received passing marks on the annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) report that was issued by the NCAA.

"Our mission is to mold our student-athletes into leaders and contributors to society, and their academic success while they are at Texas Tech is a key component to their future," said director of athletics Kirby Hocutt.  "We are proud of the academic achievements of our teams and we will continue to provide all the resources necessary to be successful in the classroom."

All 17 sports at Texas Tech have met and exceeded the minimum mark of 925 that is the threshold for teams to attain without facing penalty from the NCAA.  The five sport leaders for Texas Tech included men's cross country (APR of 993), women's cross country (APR of 995), women's tennis (APR of 992), women's volleyball (APR of 990) and women's soccer (APR of 989). The highest APR score possible is 1,000.  Additionally, 10 of Texas Tech's 17 sports posted scores that ranked in the Top 5 in the Big 12 Conference.

"We salute the classroom efforts of our student-athletes for their academic success and most importantly their progress toward graduation," said Associate Athletics Director for Academics Felicia Martin.

The Academic Progress Rate is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.

The Division I Board of Directors set cut scores of 925 and 900 (out of 1,000) as a threshold for teams to meet or face possible immediate and historical sanctions. An APR of 925 currently predicts an approximately 50 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and an APR of 900 currently predicts an approximately 40 percent GSR.

The goal of the NCAA's academic performance program is improvement, not punishment. Not only does the program ensure accountability for student-athletes, teams and institutions, but also it provides fairness by considering individual circumstances per team and school.

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Information from: Texas Tech Athletics