BOCA RATON, Fla. - Eight Florida Atlantic University teams scored a perfect 1,000 on the NCAA Division I 2015-16 Academic Progress Rate (APR) Institutional Report and every varsity team exceeded standards.
It marked the second year eight FAU teams recorded a perfect score. This year, the eight teams were comprised of men’s and women’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s basketball, softball, women’s tennis and beach volleyball, which obtained a perfect score in the program’s first year of eligibility after being added as a program in 2014. The number of perfect scores has risen from four in 2013-14 to eight in back-to-back years in 2015-16 and 2016-17. FAU men’s cross country received public recognition as a team listed in the top 10 percent of their sport.
“The APR numbers are a testament to the culture that has been established within our athletics department,” said Pat Chun, FAU’s vice president and director of athletics. “Our student-athletes are focused on earning their degrees. Our coaches and staff are committed to creating and stewarding an environment conducive for academic achievement, athletics excellence and personal growth.” The institutional report also provides a breakdown of the eligibility and retention rates to indicate how the students are matriculating. This area follows the students throughout their collegiate career taking into account all schools of attendance and their progress towards graduation. The recent report indicates that 14 FAU teams scored a perfect 1,000.
“Having 14 teams earn a perfect 1,000 score for eligibility is evidence that the students-athletes, coaches and administration at FAU are committed to academic excellence,” said Eric Coleman, SACAE director and associate director of athletics.
Florida Atlantic will host the 2017 Spring Commencement Ceremonies May 4th and 5th. The Owls will celebrate the addition of 49 new alumni to the family.
“The academic success of our student-athletes is a testament to their commitment to excellence in all that they do,” said Dr. Kimberly Dunn, associate professor and FAU NCAA Faculty Representative. “It also reflects the dedication of the advisors, faculty and administrators who support all of our students in their academic endeavors.”