The Gophers released results of the NCAA’s academic progress report Wednesday, and the news was overwhelmingly good. Scores are tabulated by taking into account the eligibility and retention rate of each scholarship athlete in every program, with the highest score being 1,000.
Nine Gophers programs had perfect scores for both the most recent year studied (2015-16) and for the four-year span that makes up the program’s multiyear rate (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16). Those programs were: baseball, soccer, men’s cross country, men’s hockey, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and tennis.
Programs must have a multiyear APR of 930 or better to avoid penalties such as postseason bans or scholarship losses. All 25 Gophers programs were well above that minimum threshold.
The Gophers football program, which lost three scholarships in 2009 because of low APR scores, is now a model program. Its single-year score of 991 and multiyear score of 992 were among the best in the nation.
The men’s basketball program had the lowest multiyear (950) and single year (942) scores among all Gophers teams, but the single-year score represented an 82-point improvement over last year’s 860 mark.
The release of sport-by-sport scores comes on the heels of last week’s recognition of 11 Gophers programs for being in the APR top 10 percent nationwide in their sport.