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Florida schools mostly do well in latest APR scores

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The NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) figures are in for the 2015-2016 school year with some good news and not-so-good news for some Florida schools. We learn from the APR that women’s tennis teams in particular, and female athletes in general, constitute the best performing college students. The NCAA fully explains the methodology.

Three Florida Gator programs earned perfect scores (men’s and women’s tennis along with women’s golf.) Ever Gator program scored at least 970.

“In athletics, we keep score, not just on the playing field but also in the classroom,” said Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin. “These recent APR scores show that University of Florida student athletes not only win championships, but perform at a high level in their academic pursuits.”

Florida State saw four women’s programs (beach volleyball, cross country, golf and tennis) earn a 1,000 mark. The University of South Florida women’s tennis and golf teams were perfect as was Central Florida women’s tennis.

Florida’s major football programs presented mixed results. Florida football had the second highest score in the SEC (980), along with Alabama and Auburn, trailing only Vanderbilt’s 992.

Florida State, on the other hand, had the lowest score in the ACC with a 939 with Duke leading the conference with 992. Miami had a 965. The Seminoles have trended downward for the past three academic years.

Beginning with 2015-2016, the cut-off line before penalties kick in is a four-year average of 930.

UCF had the second-highest football APR in the American Athletic Conference with a 984, trailing only Navy’s 991. USF had a 965.

A searchable database from the NCAA is available for the public.


Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at [email protected]

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