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APR report: Bears make progress on some fronts, but plenty of room for improvement

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.”

Jeff Faraudo

  • sunshipballoons

    Because the APR is based primarily on a 4-year average (although there is a separate APR measure based on a 2-year average), of course they are still going to be low. They are being hugely dragged down by the three terrible years before last year.

    Basketball APR continues to be difficult to interpret because there are so few players.

    And, because APR doesn’t include any JuCos or other transfers, programs that have a lot of transfers lose out on kids who are often their best and most reliable students.

  • Steve Fischer

    I’m not so hot on the excuses. Indiana has had a perfect 1000 score 4 years in row even with transfers and NBA early exits.

  • BlakeStreetBear

    It is very difficult to graduate from Cal, whether you are a student only or a student-athlete. Comparing our score vs ANY other score in the conference is comparing apples and oranges. If there was a weighted APR, that took into account course load (hours required) then Cal would be at the top. I’ve taken upper-division math classes at UW-seattle, and they were a joke compared to the same classes at Cal, a bad joke. There is no comparing Cal vs other pac12 schools academically, it cannot be done in any meaningful way. Cal is rigorous, while other schools, not so much…some even let you take classes over again if you don’t like your grade (furd).

    I never got C’s (ever) before I got into Cal. I was overjoyed to get a C in my last upper division CS class at Cal. It allowed me to graduate, after 8 years of college!

    Go Bears!

  • BlakeStreetBear

    Indiana << Cal.

  • Steve Fischer

    That’s your opinion but Cal is unheard ofin basketball. I also disagree that it was even remotely difficult to graduate from Cal (and I attended 5 other universities ( have a few grad degrees). During one quarter I took 23 hours including two classes that met at the same time. On Monday I went to Call A on Wednesday I went to Class B and on Friday I cut. I don’t remember all my grades and those were pre-grade inflation days but I did grad with Honors something,
    The difference between Indiana and Cal was mainly that Cal had so many more foreign students,whereas IU had mostly students from the Midwest and East Coast.