For the first time in the department's history, the Chicago State University athletic
department will enter the 2014-15 academic year without a team under an Academic Progress
Rate penalty, according to the APR data released on Wednesday (May 14) by the NCAA.
APR is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing
on every Division I sports team. Multi-year APR scores released on Wednesday are based on the averages from the single year scores of the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12
and 2012-13 academic years. A perfect APR score is 1000.
"The goal is to make APR penalties a thing of the past at Chicago State," Chicago
State Director of Athletics Dan Schumacher said. "Today's totals show clear progress toward that goal. I'm proud of the accomplishments
of our student-athletes."
Seven Chicago State teams - baseball, men's basketball, women's golf, men's indoor
track, men's outdoor track, women's indoor track and women's outdoor track - posted
the best multi-year APR scores in program history. The total accounts for half of
Chicago State's 14 sports. Women's tennis' 987 led all Chicago State teams. Women's
basketball's 969 ranked third among Western Athletic Conference women's basketball
teams. Men's basketball has improved for five straight seasons and now owns a program
high of 932.
Also announced on Wednesday were Chicago State's 2012-13 single-year scores. Four CSU teams recorded perfect
single-year 2012-13 scores: men's golf, men's tennis, men's indoor track and men's
outdoor track. Volleyball totaled a single-year score of 976.
"The key with APR is that it is a real-time measure," Associate Athletic Director
for Academic Services Karen Schiferl said. "These scores show the positive direction the department is heading right now.
It's a testament to the work of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and the campus
as a whole."