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It’s high marks in all sports again for Florida athletics in the Academic Progress Rate, the NCAA announced Tuesday.
“Last week, we announced an overall student-athlete GPA of 3.40 for the spring semester – the highest in program history,” Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said. “Now today’s APR is another example of the Gator student-athletes’ commitment to their academic performance.”
Fourteen Florida teams exceeded or equaled its sport’s national average. This includes Florida football team’s 974, which is above the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision national average of 968, while men’s basketball’s 995 is among the sport’s top 10 percent.
Beginning this year, a portion of NCAA revenue is distributed to members based on student-athletes’ academic achievement, including APR scores. Schools earn one academic achievement unit per year if its student-athletes meet at least one of these requirements:
- Earn an overall single-year all-sport APR of 985 or higher
- Earn an overall all-sport Graduation Success Rate of 90% or higher
- Earn a federal graduation rate that is at least 13 percentage points higher than the federal graduation rate of the student-body at that school
Florida qualifies for the NCAA revenue distribution as it meets the first two points.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success by tracking eligibility and progress toward graduation of each student-athlete on scholarship. The current report contains multi-year rates based on the four years from the 2015-16 academic year through the 2018-19 academic year.
To compete in 2020-21 postseason action, teams must achieve a 930 four-year APR in this report. This is the 16th year of the APR.
|Florida Team-by-Team APR|
|Sport||2018-19 APR||DI Average|
|Cross Country (Men’s)||992||982|
|Cross Country (Women’s)||990||989|
|Swimming & Diving (Men’s)||977||983|
|Swimming & Diving (Women’s)||981||993|
|Track & Field (Men’s)||979||974|
|Track & Field (Women’s)||963||984|