October 8, 2009 - by
Florida State Athletic Teams Achieving Standards For Academic Performance

May 8, 2008

Academic reform continues to take hold on college and university campuses nationwide, and according to the latest data from the NCAA, Florida State athletics is making the grade. All of FSU’s athletic teams scored above the cut-point of 925 in the Academic Progress Rate data based on the last four years (2003-04 through 2006-07). As a result, no Seminole team faces any penalties.

“We are proud to announce that all Florida State varsity teams have met the NCAA APR benchmark,” Florida State Director of Athletics Randy Spetman said. “We will continue to support our student-athletes as they pursue their degree and provide the resources to help all of our student-athletes achieve academic success.”

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. An APR score of 925 projects to an NCAA Graduation Success Rate of approximately 60 percent. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 965 to a perfect 1,000 and were in the top 10 percent of their respective sport.

“When gauged against other similar institutions across the country, Florida State ranks above the national average in several sports,” Florida State Director of Academic Support Bill Shults said. “That is something for which all Seminoles can be proud. This is a positive reflection of the commitment to academic success by our student-athletes, coaches and administration.”

Several Florida State teams achieved at above the national average including five men’s teams and four women’s teams. The men’s teams include basketball (958), football (954), swimming (969), tennis (992) and golf, which earned a Public Recognition Award for maintaining a perfect rate of 1000. On the women’s side, basketball (963), golf (986) and volleyball (980) were also recognized while softball (992) also earned a Public Recognition Award for earning a score in the top 10 percent of its sport.

Florida State’s sport-by-sport breakdown of the multi-year APRs are below. In parentheses is the Football Bowl Subdivision national average:

Men’s Teams
Baseball                       934 (942)
Basketball                   958 (925)
Cross Country             961 (964)
Football                       954 (936)
Golf                             1000 (965)
Swimming                   969 (964)
Tennis                          992 (963)
Track/indoor                939 (949)
Track/outdoor             947 (949)


Women’s Teams
Basketball                   963 (960)
Cross Country             962 (971)
Golf                             986 (980)
Soccer                         967 (972)
Softball                       992 (969)
Swimming                   968 (979)
Tennis                          961 (973)
Track/indoor                941 (963)
Track/outdoor             945 (964)
Volleyball                    980 (972)