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UNC Posts Perfect APR in 18 Sports

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The 2014-15 APR scores are out and UNC had 18 teams post a perfect 1000 for last season including men's basketball.

Via UNC:

University of North Carolina student athletes compiled a record-high Academic Progress Rate of 987 in 2014-15 and compiled a four-year rating of 981, two points above the national rate. It is the second consecutive year the Tar Heels have set or tied their top single-season score in the APR.

The NCAA uses the Academic Progress Rate to track the academic performance of students who compete on varsity teams. The score measures eligibility and retention each semester by student athletes at every NCAA institution. The APRs released today include single-year scores for 2014-15 and four-year rates that reflect scores from the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

Carolina’s 2014-15 APR of 987 includes 18 sports that scored a perfect 1000 points. Five years ago, 10 Tar Heel teams scored 1000. Carolina’s APR has improved from 966 in 2011 to 972, 980, 984 and now 987.

“Tremendous credit goes to our students for their dedication and hard work in meeting and exceeding high standards in the classroom as well as in competition,” says Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. “It starts with our coaches recruiting young people who are committed to being a well-rounded student at a world-class university. Academic Progress Rates are just one measure of success but we are glad that they continue to trend upward at North Carolina.”

Men's basketball posted a 2nd straight 1000 and raised its four year rolling average 974. That is a significant improvement from 2012-2013 when the average fell to a very dangerous level at 938. Some of that was precipitated by three transfers and NBA early entry attrition. Now the Tar Heels have bounced back to 974 which is just another testament to this special group that came up just short of winning a title. It also helps when players stick around and even when they leave, like J.P. Tokoto did, they did so in good academic standing.

Exit question: If the AFAM paper classes were supposedly created to keep players eligible why is it that UNC's overall APR and the APR for revenue sports has improved since the classes ended?