SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Eight of Cal Poly’s intercollegiate athletic teams compiled Academic Progress Rate multi-year scores that are No. 1 in their respective conference after the 2017-18 academic year.
Football leads the Big Sky Conference for the third consecutive year while men’s golf, softball, women’s beach volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s track and field and women’s volleyball all are ranked No. 1 in the Big West Conference. Men’s swimming and diving is the top-ranked team in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
The 15th edition of Academic Progress Rate scores was released by the NCAA on Wednesday.
Division I student‐athletes continue to succeed in the classroom at record‐high levels. The overall four‐year Academic Progress Rate concluding with the 2017‐18 academic year held steady at 983, the highest ever recorded.
Cal Poly’s institutional score is 985.
“These numbers are indicative of the great work of our academic staff, our coaches, and our student-athletes,” said Cal Poly director of athletics Don Oberhelman. “These student-athletes prove their commitment to academic excellence every day, and everyone associated with our university should be proud of the achievements of these scholar-athletes.
“It is evident that Mustang Athletics embraces the teacher/scholar model that is a cornerstone of the overall Cal Poly educational experience,” Oberhelman added.
National four‐year rates for football (964), men’s basketball (967) and women’s basketball (982) held steady, while baseball increased by a point (976). The four‐year rates include student‐athletes who were in school between the 2014‐15 and 2017‐18 academic years.
A record 11 Cal Poly intercollegiate athletics teams posted perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate scores during the 2017-18 academic year.
Three squads registered improvements in their single-year rate scores for the 2017-18 academic year, led by men’s basketball with a jump of 72 points to 982. Women’s soccer improved its score 19 points to 1,000 and women’s basketball climbed 15 points to 966.
Nine others maintained their single-year rate scores of a year ago.
The 11 teams with perfect 1,000 scores during the 2017-18 school year are men's golf, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s cross country, women’s golf, softball, women’s soccer, women’s tennis, women’s track and field, women's volleyball and women’s beach volleyball.
A total of 11 squads improved their multi-year rate, led by softball with a jump of 15 points to 1,000. Women’s basketball climbed 12 points to 977 and wrestling bumped its score up six points to 997.
The Mustang football team, which compiled a near-perfect 997 APR for the 2015-16 school year and 978 last year, has compiled a four-year rate of 975, which is 11 points higher than the national average for Division I football.
Last week, the NCAA announced recipients of Public Recognition Awards. Seven Cal Poly teams were recognized for academic excellence after scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports. They were men’s golf, wrestling, beach volleyball, softball, women’s tennis, women’s track and field and women’s volleyball.
Six of the teams compete in the Big West Conference, giving Cal Poly the most among all schools in the conference. UC Davis is second with five and Long Beach State third with four.
The Mustang men’s golf team, coached by Scott Cartwright, has earned a Public Recognition Award for six consecutive seasons. Women’s track, women’s tennis and beach volleyball were recognized for the second year in a row.
The wrestling team was honored for the second time while softball and women’s volleyball earned their first Public Recognition Award, which was launched 14 years ago.
Rates are an average of each school's performance for the past four years. National aggregates are based on all teams with usable data at the time of analysis.
NCAA President Mark Emmert praised the commitment to higher education among Division I student‐athletes.
“We are proud of the continued high level of academic success Division I student‐athletes achieve,” said Emmert. “We are seeing some flattening of rates, which is not unusual given the large amount of data over a long period of time. But we will continue to focus on academic achievement and graduation as the ultimate goal for college athletes.”