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FIU earns high marks in academic report

FIU earned some of it's highest scores ever in the seventh-annual Academic Progress Rate announced by the NCAA on Tuesday.

Of FIU's 17 teams, 16 squads received scores above the required four-year score of 925. The men's basketball team raised its score from 886 in 2008-09 to 910 this year, it's highest four-year score ever. Even though the men's basketball team was below the required NCAA bench-mark of 925, the Panthers will not be penalized because they have shown consistent improvement.

The football team received it's highest four-year APR score with a 936. The Panthers, who improved 30 points from last year, have steadily improved under coach Mario Cristobal.

“Over the past four years, the FIU Athletic Department has demonstrated a proactive approach towards improving our APR scores,” FIU athletic director Pete Garcia said, in a statement. “We are starting to see the results of all of the hard work put in by our student-athletes, coaches and academic support staff. Our focus has been the commitment towards the academic support of our student-athletes. We have worked very hard to raise the bar, not only on the field, but more importantly in the classroom and this year’s scores are evidence to that.”

The APR allows universities to understand each team's academic achievements by tracking athletes on scholarship each semester. APR takes into account eligibility, performance in the classroom, retention and graduation. The APRs are four-year averages based on scores from 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years. School can be awarded up to a 1,000 points. Each sports program is rated individually and schools do not receive an over score on performance.

The Golden Panthers' women's tennis team scored a 1,000 - the only program in the school to receive a perfect score. Softball had a 2009-10 score of a 1,000 but a four-year average score of 978. Five of FIU's women's teams (including softball and tennis) received 2009-10 academic scores of 1,000. On the men's side, baseball had the highest score with a 954.

FIU Academic Progress Rate Report – 2009-10

Men’s Sports – 2009-10 Rate (Multi-year Rate)

Baseball – 990 (954)

Basketball – 900 (910)

Cross Country – 917 (935)

Football – 927 (936)

Men’s Soccer – 946 (940)

Indoor Track & Field – 964 (935)

Outdoor Track & Field – 964 (935)

 Women’s Sports – 2009-10 Rate (Multi-year Rate)

Basketball – 967 (957)

Cross Country – 1000 (958)

Golf – 926 (964)

Softball – 1000 (978)

Soccer – 924 (951)

Swimming & Diving – 1000 (960)

Tennis – 1000 (1000)

Indoor Track & Field – 1000 (963)

Outdoor Track & Field – 1000 (963)

Volleyball – 980 (968)

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