Two Programs Rank in Top 20 Percent Nationally in Latest APR

MOUNT PLEASANT All 16 of Central Michigan University’s varsity athletics programs have exceeded the benchmark score in the NCAA’s most recent Academic Progress Rate report (APR).

Two of CMU’s programsmen’s cross country and women’s soccerposted scores that rank in the top 20 percent nationally in their respective sports.

Data for the most recent APR was taken from the four academic years beginning in Fall 2004 and ending in Spring 2008. Meeting the benchmark score of 925 out of a possible 1,000 indicates that a team has met the NCAA’s standards for academic performance.

CMU’s men’s cross country (992), women’s cross country (991) and women’s soccer (991) programs posted the highest APR scores among the Chippewas’ programs.

Eight of CMU’s programs improved their APR scores from a year ago, and four more matched their 2008 scores. The football program’s eight-point increase in its score was the largest jump of any of CMU’s programs.

“Our student-athletes have committed themselves to excellence both athletically and academically, and we certainly appreciate their efforts and are proud of their accomplishments,” said CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke. “Our coaches continue to foster an atmosphere that encourages academic success among our student-athletes, and our Athletic Academic Services staff is to be commended for all of its hard work.”

About the APR

The APR is calculated by allocating points for academic eligibility and retention of student-athletes on athletic scholarships. A team’s APR score is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible and multiplied by 1,000.

To learn more about the APR, visit, select Academics and Athletes, and click on Education and Research.

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