Tulane student-athletes again received national acclaim for their efforts in the classroom, as 13 of the Green Wave’s 16 varsity sports programs scored well above their national averages for the 2013-14 season according to the latest multi-year Academic Performance Rates (APR) released on Wednesday by the NCAA.
The 2015 report marks the 11th straight year the APR report has recognized Green Wave student-athletes for their performance in the classroom.
“I am very proud of the magnificent accomplishments of our student-athletes in the classroom and offer a big congratulations to each of them and their coaches, as well as our great academic staff that works so diligently to make sure we succeed in the classroom,” athletic director Rick Dickson said.
One week ago, a record seven Tulane programs were recognized by the NCAA for placing in the top 10 percent in their respective sports, including women’s basketball, women’s bowling, women’s swimming and diving and women’s volleyball, men’s cross country, men’s tennis and men’s outdoor track & field.
Not only were the seven sports recognized, but each Tulane team achieved a perfect score of 1,000. Additionally, the Wave men’s tennis and women’s swimming & diving programs have each received this award for the last five years. Tulane topped its previous record of six in 2009-10 for the most teams recognized in the annual report.
The Green Wave’s seven sports programs that ranked among the top 10 percent with perfect scores of 1,000 is tied for ninth nationally. Only Notre Dame (17), Stanford (15), Northwestern (12), Boston College (10), Duke (nine), Minnesota (eight) had more while Tulane tied with Arizona State and Vanderbilt (seven each) and placed one spot ahead of Illinois, North Carolina, Penn State and Rice (six each).
The men’s outdoor track & field program’s perfect score was 30 points higher than the national average, while the perfect scores recorded by both the Green Wave women’s basketball and women’s bowling programs are each 25 points above the national average in their respective sports.
Tulane’s men’s tennis team was another outstanding achiever in the classroom. The Green Wave netters’ perfect score was 22 points higher than the national average.
The Tulane volleyball team’s perfect score was 17 points ahead of the national average, while the Tulane football program posted a score of 972, which was 16 points higher than the national average.
The Green Wave women’s swimming & diving program sported a perfect 1000 and was 12 points higher than the national average.
The Wave men’s basketball team scored a 974 total and was 13 points above the national average, while the women’s indoor track & field team scored a 992 and was 12 points higher than the national average.
The women’s outdoor track & field program logged a 987 and was six points above than the national average, while the Green Wave Baseball team scored a 973 and was four points ahead the national average.
The Tulane golf program carded a 990 total and was three points above the national average. The Green Wave women’s cross country team posted a score of 984 and the women’s tennis program netted a 966.
The Tulane sand volleyball program recently completed its fourth season as a varsity sport, but does not qualify for this year’s APR report.
“More college athletes than ever are succeeding in the classroom, and I applaud their commitment to academic achievement. We are pleased and proud of their accomplishments,” Emmert said. “Our goal always has been to encourage students to achieve academically and earn their degrees. Every year, Division I students prove that both academic and athletic success are achievable.”
Similar to a report card, every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year. Scholarship student-athletes each semester earn one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating.
In order to compete in the 2015-16 postseason, teams must achieve a 930 multi-year APR. NCAA member campuses and conferences in Division I decided to move to the 930 standard because it predicts roughly a 50 percent graduation rate.
Tulane’s complete APR report, as well as the scores of all NCAA schools, is available on-line at www.ncaa.org.