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APR Scores Glowing for Lobo Sports

by Frank Mercogliano

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The University of New Mexico once again had terrific APR numbers, with all sports easily passing the 930 threshold.  Leading the way were men’s cross country and women’s golf with perfect four-year rolling scores of 1000.

Implemented in 2003 as part of an ambitious academic reform effort in Division I, the Academic Progress Rate (APR) holds institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each academic term.

Each academic year, every Division I sports team’s APR is calculated using a simple and consistent formula. Scholarship student-athletes can earn 1 point for staying on course for a degree in their chosen major and 1 point for being retained (or graduating) at the end of each academic term. For schools that do not offer athletics scholarships, recruited student-athletes are tracked.

Teams must earn a four-year average APR of 930 to compete in championships.

Of the 16 sports for UNM (Indoor and outdoor track and field are combined for APR purposes), all 16 easily passed the 930 threshold with 12 of the 16 scoring a 980 or better for the rolling four-year average.  For just the 2022-23 single-year APR, 12 sports (men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s tennis, men’s track & field, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf, softball, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and women’s track & field) all had perfect 1000s.