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WVU & Marshall make the grade in NCAA APR scores

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — All of the teams at West Virginia University and Marshall University have satisfied the Academic Progress Rate (APR) in figures released by the NCAA Tuesday.

Teams must maintain a minimum multi-year score of 930 to avoid NCAA penalties. The current four-year period encompasses the 2015-2016 to 2018-2019 academic years. The APR is based upon eligibility and retention of student-athletes on a semester-by-semester basis and is an assessment of real-time academic success.

WVU’s combined score of all programs is 985. That matches a school-best total from last year. Individually, the golf and rifle teams posted perfect scores of 1,000. The men’s basketball team scored 995 and the women’s basketball team scored 996.

“Once again, our record-high score is a testament to our student-athletes, our coaching staffs and our academic support unit,” WVU Director of Athletics Shane Lyons said. “We continue to be proud of the high level of academic success with our student-athletes and to consistently be above the national average.

“I would like to congratulate the golf and rifle programs for their perfect four-year APR scores of 1,000. We are thrilled to have golf, rifle and men’s basketball being publicly recognized by the NCAA for the top APR scores in their respective sports.”

At Marshall, the Herd checked in with a program score of 983. The women’s golf, women’s swimming and diving and women’s volleyball programs all posted perfect scores of 1,000.

“The addition of the Buck Harless Student-Athlete Academic Center continues to benefit our young people and these numbers bear that out,” said Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick. “Their performance, along with the hard work put in by our academic support unit and coaching staffs, underscore why success in the classroom is one of the most important priorities at Marshall.”

According to the APR, Marshall had seven athletic programs finish in the top five within their sport in Conference USA: softball, women’s basketball, women’s golf, women’s soccer, swimming and diving, track and field and volleyball.

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