OU Posts Another Strong Academic Showing

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 16, 2014

NORMAN, Okla. -- The NCAA has released Academic Progress Rate results for member institutions and the University of Oklahoma once again ranked among the top schools in the nation in terms of academic performance. Fourteen of OU’s 21 athletics programs boasted a multi-year APR score above the NCAA Division I national average, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball.

During the 2012-13 academic year, the Sooners tied for the Big 12 lead with nine different programs recording a perfect 1,000 annual APR score. West Virginia and Texas also had nine squads with a 1,000 APR.

Men's and women’s gymnastics, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s tennis, rowing and volleyball all earned a 1,000 annual APR score for Oklahoma in 2012-13. Women’s gymnastics and women’s golf earned recognition for being in the top 10 percent of their sports with a perfect 1,000 multi-year APR figure. Women’s gymnastics (1,000), women’s golf (1,000) and men’s gymnastics (987) and all led the Big 12 with their multi-year APR averages.

OU Football once again exceeded the national FBS average, producing a 965 multi-year APR score to place the Sooners second among Big 12 institutions behind Kansas State, which registered a 968. Oklahoma Football has ranked third or better in APR among Big 12 schools for eight consecutive seasons. Women’s tennis (992) and women’s basketball (990) also ranked second in the Big 12 in multi-year APR. Men’s basketball registered a 960 multi-year average to also exceed the national average.

The APR scale serves as a real-time measure of student-athlete academic progress, retention and timely graduation of all NCAA Division I institutions. All sport programs at OU earned a multi-year (four-year average) APR score above the minimum 930 after the 2012-13 academic year. The latest report marks the fourth consecutive year that all OU Athletics programs have finished above the NCAA minimum APR threshold.

Earlier this month, 99 current and former Sooner student-athletes received their undergraduate degrees as members of the Class of 2014. The OU Athletics Class of 2014 also featured 13 individuals who earned master’s degrees, two Juris Doctorates, one Doctor of Dental Surgery and one Ph.D.

University of Oklahoma student-athletes set an all-time record with a 3.06 cumulative grade point average (GPA) across all 21 sports during the fall 2013 semester, marking the fourth consecutive semester the Sooners have registered a cumulative GPA over 3.00. That cumulative GPA reflects the overall academic performance of those student-athletes from their first semester of their collegiate enrollment through the completion of the fall 2013 term.

In addition, 14 of Oklahoma’s intercollegiate teams registered a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher through the fall 2013 semester. In fact, three of those squads – men’s basketball, wrestling and rowing – earned the highest cumulative GPA ever recorded for their programs.

The academic results were also record-setting for the Sooners measuring their performance only on the basis of classes taken during the fall 2013 semester. University of Oklahoma student-athletes set a single-semester record high with a 3.01 mark, the first time that the Sooners eclipsed the 3.00 plateau in one term. In total, 56 Oklahoma student-athletes earned a 4.00 GPA for the fall 2013 semester.

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