Thirteen of Georgia’s 20 sports teams improved or maintained their showing in the most recent NCAA Academic Progress Rate report.
Men’s basketball made the biggest gain, compiling a four-year average of 990 out of 1,000 in the measure of eligibility, retention and graduation of scholarship athletes.
The NCAA is likely to release scores in early summer for data through the 2011-12 academic year. The Athens Banner-Herald obtained Georgia’s scores in an open records request.
Football’s score dipped two points to 968. It tied for third in the Southeastern Conference in last year’s report.
The lowest score by a Georgia team was a 965 from men’s tennis, but that’s well above the 930 cutoff, which makes a program subject to penalties such as loss of scholarships or postseason play.
“All our academic pursuits are trending upward,” athletic director Greg McGarity said. “I think that’s a good sign. … It’s a good feeling and it’s a credit to everyone really.”
Men’s golf and gymnastics again scored a perfect 1,000, and so did women’s swimming this year.
Men’s basketball’s went up 30 points to 990, which would have been good for a tie for tops in the SEC last year.
The program had a 944 four-year APR in 2008-09. Mark Fox was hired as head coach in April 2009.
“One of the charges he had when he accepted this position was to change the culture, straighten up the academic piece of our program,” McGarity said. “He has devoted a tremendous amount of time and energy to that and there’s no question it shows in the numbers. Along with wins and losses, that’s another piece of the equation that you have to consider as far as the job that’s been done off the floor.”
APR scores (data from 2008-09 through 2011-12 academic years):
Cross country: 983
Indoor track: 971
Outdoor track: 966
Cross country: 995
Indoor track: 994
Outdoor track: 994