PHILADELPHIA – Eight of Drexel’s varsity athletic teams scored a perfect 1000 on the Academic Performance Rate announced by the NCAA on Tuesday. The eight teams are one more than Drexel had in each of the previous two seasons.
Drexel had five women’s teams and three men’s team achieve a perfect score on the latest 2020-21 APR. On the women’s side, the basketball, field hockey, soccer, swimming and diving and tennis teams were at 1000. On the men’s side, the golf, tennis and wrestling teams also achieved the feat.
Drexel had three teams score a 1000 multi-year rate. The teams earning that distinction were men’s tennis, women’s tennis and women’s swimming and diving. In addition, 14 of Drexel’s 15 NCAA-sponsored teams are above the four-year national average, including both men’s and women’s basketball.
The Colonial Athletic Association was tied for fourth among the nation’s 32 Division I conferences.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance.
Each academic year, every Division I sports team across the country calculates its APR using a simple and consistent formula. Each term, scholarship student-athletes can earn one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. For schools that do not offer scholarships, recruited student-athletes are tracked. The Academic Performance Program has established an essential framework for academic excellence. The program provides measurable goals to ensure schools are fulfilling their commitment of equipping student-athletes with the tools and resources necessary to achieve academic success.
“Our student-athletes have once again shown their determination to achieve academically,” said Drexel Director of Athletics Maisha Kelly. “We pride ourselves in retaining student-athletes that are committed to excellence both on the field and in the classroom.”