This year’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) report by the NCAA shows that 11 of Illinois State’s 19 sports equaled or exceeded the national average for public universities in their sport.

“We are proud of the academic success of our student-athletes,” said Cindy Harris, senior associate director of Athletics for compliance and student services. “Academic achievements are a testament first and foremost to the student-athletes, who work so hard in the classroom.”

The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter to provide a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport. This year’s ratings are based on scores from fall 2011 through spring 2015.

Among Illinois State’s 19 squads, five teams earned perfect, single-year APR scores of 1,000 for 2014-2015. These include men’s golf and tennis, gymnastics and volleyball.

The football team earned an APR of 970, which is 17 points higher than the Division I average for FCS Football and the highest in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

ISU’s women’s basketball team score of 995 is also 17 points higher than the Division I average for women’s basketball.

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