Colorado athletes continue to excel in the classroom.
On Wednesday, the NCAA released the academic progress rate (APR) report for CU and other Division I schools for the four-year period from 2012-13 through 2015-16, and CU once again set a program record.
This was the sixth year in a row that CU had its highest score in school history, posting a 986 for the multi-year report. The NCAA's Academic Performance Program was introduced in 2003.
Some of the highlights for CU in this year's report:
• 11 of CU's 15 programs had averages that exceeded the multi-year national average for their sport
• For the second year in a row, the women's basketball team earned the NCAA's APR Recognition Award, achieving a perfect score of 1000.
· Women's golf also earned the APR recognition award with a score of 1000.
• Six of CU's programs increased their annual APR score. The men's golf team had a program-best 77-point improvement.
• Eight of CU's teams scored a perfect 1000 for the 2015-16 school year, tying the school record set in 2010-11.
• The football team had a program-record score of 974 (topping the previous mark of 973 from last year). The national average is 962.
• Men's basketball improved its score to 981 and was once again above the national average (966 this year).
"As I come to the end of my faculty career, it is gratifying to reflect on the academic strides that CU's student-athletes have made since I was appointed faculty athletics representative in 2005," said Dr. David Clough, who is retiring after this semester after 12 years in the role and 43 overall as a professor in CU's College of Engineering and Applied Science. "The current APR scores, when taken together with graduation rates and team cumulative grade point averages, provide indisputable evidence of the academic success of our student-athletes."