Ten of the Charlotte 49ers athletic programs posted multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) above the division one national average, with three programs posting a perfect score of 1000, according to today's report from the NCAA Academic Performance Program (APP).
Last week, the NCAA released that three 49ers programs: men’s cross-country and men’s and women’s tennis received the NCAA Public Recognition Award for APR success. Each of those team earned multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. All three had a perfect APR of 1000.
Baseball, golf, men's soccer, men's indoor and outdoor track and field, women's cross country and volleyball also posted multi-year APRs above the national average.
The Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball team, which has a reported 928 multi-year APR, was given a level one practice time penalty by the NCAA. The NCAA Academic Performance Program (APP) noted that the 49ers were not subject to harsher penalties due to the team’s demonstrated academic improvement. In three of the four reporting years, the 49ers single-year APR was over 955 and that number has improved in each of the last two years.
The 49ers will be limited to 16 hours of countable activity each week and have a self-imposed penalty of six hours of academic activity, including structured study hall, each week.
The NCAA Academic Progress Rate measures a team’s academic eligibility and retention.
Charlotte’s 928 APR is slightly below the mandated 930 APR. The 2010-11 season was the only season in the reporting years that came in below the mandated number. That was the first year under current head coach Alan Major and, in large part, reflected the turnover caused during the coaching change.
"We are and have been committed to academic excellence among our programs," said 49ers Director of Athletics Judy Rose. "We are proud of the steps that our men’s basketball program has taken in that regard and while we never want to be be issued a penalty, we appreciate that the NCAA took note of the progress made."
Conference USA recently announced that 10 Charlotte men’s basketball players, including starters Ben Cherry, Willie Clayton and Mike Thorne, Jr. had earned a spot on the league’s Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Student-athletes named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Overall, the 49ers had 194 student-athletes named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll -- which is more than half of the total number of 49ers student-athletes.