June 12, 2013
CHICAGO - Five Loyola University Chicago teams achieved perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores of 1000 according to figures released today by the NCAA. All 15 of Loyola's programs posted an APR score of 975 or higher in the most recent rates based on the scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12 academic years. The most recent four-year Division I APR average is 974.
The Ramblers' women's basketball, men's cross country, men's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field, and men's volleyball squads all notched an APR score of 1000. Since the NCAA began the compiling APR scores 10 years ago, the Loyola men's cross country program has achieved a perfect mark in each of the last eight years, and this also marks the second straight time the men's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field, and women's basketball teams have scored 1000.
For the first time ever, the Loyola men's volleyball program notched an APR score of 1000 and was one of only three teams in that sport to post a perfect score (Stanford and Sacred Heart were the others). Under the direction of head coach Shane Davis, the Ramblers advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the first time in program history this season.
The 2012-13 academic year was one of the finest in Loyola annals as the Ramblers won six conference titles and produced four All-Americans (Declan Murray - twice, Joe Smalzer, and Gina Valgoi) and the first-ever men's basketball Capital One Academic All-American in program history (Ben Averkamp).
Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility, graduation and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face consequences, such as practice restrictions and restrictions on postseason competition. Rates are based on the past four years' performance.
Among Horizon League schools, Loyola tied with Cleveland State and Valparaiso for the most number of teams with perfect APR scores.