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UI Fares Well in NCAA's Annual Academic Report

The UI's baseball program was one of two cited for high academic achievement by the NCAA.

The UI's baseball program was one of two cited for high academic achievement by the NCAA.

May 2, 2007

IOWA CITY -- Student-athletes who represent the University of Iowa in intercollegiate athletics competition continue to do so while achieving academically, according to data released Wednesday by the NCAA.

The NCAA report indicates that the UI's three-year APR - Academic Progress Rate - was 964, a score that is well above the NCAA's benchmark of 925. Institutions and individual sport programs whose APR are below that score are subject to a variety of penalties.





"The University of Iowa has always been committed to a comprehensive and high-quality experience and that includes achievement both on the field and in the classroom. This report also speaks to the hard work of our student-athletes, coaches and our staff with respect to their commitment to the `student' in `student-athlete.' "
UI Director of Athletics
Gary Barta


The UI's three-year APR increases to 967 when bonus points awarded for the completion of academic study by former student-athletes are included in the total.

The UI's baseball and men's cross country programs were recognized by the NCAA for high academic achievement. The UI's men's swimming and diving (APR: 922) and women's tennis (APR: 922) will be required to provide the NCAA with a written plan for academic improvement.

"The University of Iowa has always been committed to a comprehensive and high-quality experience and that includes achievement both on the field and in the classroom. This report also speaks to the hard work of our student-athletes, coaches and our staff with respect to their commitment to the `student' in `student-athlete.'" said UI Director of Athletics Gary Barta.

"Obviously, everyone involved in the success of our baseball and men's cross country programs should take great satisfaction in their efforts. Conversely, where we fell shy of the NCAA's benchmark, we will make the appropriate adjustments."

The NCAA developed the Academic Progress Rate to provide its member institutions with a tool to measure academic progress that provided a more current snapshot of academic progress by student-athletes than the NCAA's annual graduation rate report which compares the graduation rates of student-athletes with those of its peer group six years after beginning their college experience.



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