The Bears made progress in football and women’s basketball but took a step back in men’s basketball, according to Academic Progress Rate scores released by the NCAA on Wednesday.
The football program’s score, originally released on May 5, improved from 935 to 938, thanks to a 2012-13 mark of 969. The Bears’ APR still ranks just 11th in the Pac-12.
The men’s basketball team dipped from 955 last year to 939 because a perfect 1,000 single-year score from 2008-09 was pushed out of the equation for a 938 mark in 2012-13.
The Cal women’s team improved from 941 last year to 954, but still ranks just 11th in the conference.
APR scores are a four-year average that measure academic eligibility and retention or graduation. The APR is different than the the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate, which strictly charts graduation figures.
The latest figures cover the four-year period ending with the 2012-13 academic year.
The Bears had four-year scores of 1,000 for men’s and women’s tennis, women’s gymnastics and women’s volleyball.
Eight Cal teams (men’s tennis, men’s water polo, women’s basketball, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball and women’s water polo) achieved a perfect score of 1,000 in the one-year APR results reflecting the 2012-13 academic year.
Men’s tennis has scored 1,000 each of the past six years, while women’s tennis has reached the standard in five of the last six years.
“Many of our programs are performing very well in their APR scores, and they should be congratulated for the success they are showing in the classroom,” athletic director Sandy Barbour said. “We are constantly evaluating the student-athlete experience on campus and regularly taking steps to help improve academic support for our student-athletes to ensure we are creating the necessary environment for their success.
“Our goal is consistent improvement in our academic performance. This is a process and it will take time for some of our lower-performing programs to turn it around. We must focus on the challenge at hand and, through a collaborative approach with our campus partners, are working to get better across the board.”