`Runners enjoy another year of NCAA APR success

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The NCAA released its full Academic Progression Rate (APR) report Tuesday afternoon as Division I student-athletes shone in the classroom despite unprecedented hurdles they have overcome in recent years. Roadrunner student-athletes from the CSU Bakersfield Athletics Department posted another strong performance with APR reports indicating continued improvement and academic achievement.

The results announced Tuesday revealed the hard work of CSUB student-athletes, coaches and academic support staff through the end of the 2020-21 academic year. Six teams of runners ranked among the national elite by posting perfect APR scores of 1,000 for the year: volleyball, beach volleyball, women’s soccer, women’s golf, women’s basketball and basketball male. The 2022 report marks the fifth straight year that both CSUB volleyball programs have achieved perfect scores in a single year.

Posting perfect single-year scores contributes to the increase in multi-year rates, which the `Runners have also excelled at. (2020). Six of Bakersfield’s programs were above 990 on the 2022 APR report, while the women’s basketball and beach volleyball teams maintained perfect multi-year rates of 1,000.

Seven CSUB teams also posted the all-time best four-year rates: men’s basketball (980), men’s soccer (955), men’s swimming and diving (992), women’s basketball (1,000), beach volleyball (1 000), softball (985). , and women’s football (998).

“Academic excellence is always at the top of our priority list here at CSUB,” said Cindy Bonmon, acting director of athletics for Bakersfield. “I’m so proud of our six teams who achieved perfect scores for the most recent year and to have two teams with perfect multi-year rates is great. It’s a true testament to the passion and hard work of our students -athletes, coaches and academic support staff invest in CSUB Athletics every day.”

Every Division I sports team across the country calculates its APR each school year, like a school report. Scholarship student-athletes earn one point each semester for maintaining academic eligibility and one point for staying in school or graduating.

While the CSUB has seen a marked improvement in APR scores, the `Runners are still striving for progress. Bakersfield’s current goal going forward is to have a single-year departmental APR score of 985 or higher. Specifically, achieving the single-year departmental APR score of 985 will qualify the CSUB Athletics Department for a special NCAA academic revenue distribution that will further enhance the academic excellence of our varsity-athletes.

Staff at the Kegley Center for Student Success at CSUB once again worked hand-in-hand with the coaching staff at `Runner to assist student-athletes in their academic endeavours. Athletic coaches, academic advisors, and tutors all work with the goal of seeing CSUB student-athletes get through the debut stage and graduate.

“As a former student-athlete and alumnus, over the past decade I have witnessed and am fortunate to be a part of the great achievements and academic heights that our athletics program continues to achieve. achieve,” said Melisa Medina Cruz, CSUB Deputy Athletic Director for Academic Services. “The academic progression rates, graduation pass rates and performance of our program are the result of our commitment and continued focus on the overall success of our exceptional student-athletes as they join our `Runner family, through this milestone and beyond. We will strive to continue the ‘Runner’ legacy within our program, our campus and our community.”

Nationally, Division I student-athletes continue to achieve record levels of classroom achievement, earning an overall multi-year academic progress rate of 984, one point higher than the rate last released in May. 2020. Since Division I members established the Academic Performance Program 18 years ago, more than 20,000 former student-athletes have earned APR points for their previous teams by returning to college and earning a degree after their eligibility expires.

Information from an NCAA press release was used in this report.

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