NMSU Meet APR Standards In All Sports For 2014-15

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State University Athletics once again posted tremendous Academic Progress Rate (APR) results on Wednesday when the NCAA released its annual reports.

Using data from the 2014-15 academic year, all NM State sports ranked above the 930 mark for the second time since the NCAA instituted the APR as a measuring tool starting with the 2004-05 year. Schools with a four-year score below 930 could be subject to penalties including reduced practice time and loss of postseason.

“I am very pleased that we have put together two consecutive years of having all our programs above 930, and again have programs nationally recognized,” said NM State Director of Athletics Mario Moccia. “It shows we have made a great effort to move the needle, but we are far from satisfied and our coaches and staff will continue to preach academic integrity and hard work in the classroom to continue to improve our scores.”

Just last week, the Aggies women’s tennis and women’s golf programs received the NCAA Public Recognition Award for being in the top 10 percent in APR in their sport as the teams recorded a perfect 1,000 APR. The two teams were among the 944 programs with perfect scores.

The Aggie football team improved to its best ever APR of 935 as one of the seven programs that had an increase in their APR.

Six NM State programs were scored above 980 in the 2014-15 report. In addition to the 1,000 marks for women’s golf and women’s tennis, volleyball scored a 989, swimming & diving along with softball scored a 985 and women’s track posted a 982.

“The academic staff’s priority is to ensure our student-athletes are provided with the highest quality programs and services possible in order for them to accomplish academic success in the classroom and we continue to be extremely amazed and proud of them for balancing the demands of their academics and athletics responsibility,” said James Hall, Associate Athletic Director/Sport Administrator and Student Development. “We are extremely pleased with our student-athletes academic wins and look forward to their persistent pursuit of academic excellence in becoming proud graduates and alumni of NM State.”

The Aggie student-athletes as a department have posted 21 straight semesters, or 10 1/2 years, of recording at least a cumulative 3.0 grade point average.