USF's APR progress again among nation's best
Flash back to four years ago, where USF had some of the worst Academic Progress scores of any BCS-league program -- football was down at 909, worst out of 66 BCS programs, and men's basketball was at 878, third-lowest out of 73 schools.
It has been a steady climb for the Bulls since then, and new data released Tuesday shows continued improvement -- USF now ranks tied for 16th out of all the BCS football programs, with a 970 score that ranks as second-best in the Big East. Men's basketball has made a larger leap in points to 953, the biggest improvement in the Big East in that span and the fourth-best among the top six conferences. USF football has the best four-year jump (and three-year jump) of any school in the top six leagues.
"We've been extremely happy with the progress we've made in the APR over the last few years, and that success has continued in the most recent report," athletic director Doug Woolard said in a statement. "Our coaches and student services department have continued to stress the important of being strong academically, and our student-athletes have done a tremendous job committing themselves to academic excellence, which has produced these stellar results."
USF's softball and men's and women's tennis programs were recognized last week for ranking in the top 10 percent of their sports nationally, each with perfect 1000 scores. Women's golf (up 14 points to 981) and men's golf (up 19 to 983) had the biggest one-year jumps, and only one program had an overall score under 950: women's basketball, which improved slightly to 933, two years after losing two scholarships due to low APR scores.
The APR measures a program's success with academics and retention, keeping athletes in school and on course to graduate. This year's scores reflect data from the 2008-09 to 2011-12 school years. A searchable database is available online here.