Ten programs in the Canisius College athletic department posted perfect scores of 1,000 in the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA. That total of 10 programs is the highest for the Canisius College athletic department since the NCAA started tracking the data during the 2003-04 academic year.
The data released by the NCAA was for the 2010-11 academic year. The 10 teams with the perfect APR score of 1,000 are men's basketball, women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, golf, women's lacrosse, women's soccer, men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and diving and volleyball. The women's basketball and women's lacrosse programs were at 1,000 for the second straight year while the men's cross country team posted a score of 1,000 for the third consecutive season.
The Golden Griffin golf program had an APR score of 1,000 for the fourth consecutive season and was recently recognized by the NCAA with an APR Public Recognition Award. Those awards are presented to the best academically performing teams that rank in the top 10 percent within their sports in the NCAA Division I APR.
Canisius had 10 of its 15 programs that are rated in the APR reach the perfect score of 1,000, the highest number in the eight years of available data. The Griffs had eight programs with perfect scores in 2008-09 and six teams in 2009-10 and 2004-05. Eleven of the 15 programs had multi-year APR scores of 975 or better, with no program posting a score below 939. A program must have a multi-year APR score below 900 to receive penalties from the NCAA.
The 66.7 percent of athletic programs at Canisius with perfect scores was the third-highest total in the conference, trailing Saint Peter's (78.9 percent) and Loyola (75 percent).
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.