Over the six-year history of the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate (APR), the University of New Mexico has steadily shown improvement, but it's going to be hard to top the official 2009-10 scores released recently by the NCAA. For the first time in school history, all 21 UNM sports are above the 925 threshold for their four-year rolling score. In addition, the Lobos had a single-year APR score of 973, the highest in the six-year history of the APR, and nearly 50 points higher than five years ago.

While all 21 sports are above 925, 14 sports can boast their highest-ever four-year APR score, including baseball, football, men's basketball, men's cross country, men's golf, men's skiing, men's soccer, men's tennis, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's softball, women's indoor track, women's outdoor track, and women's volleyball. Last week, women's basketball and men's cross country were all honored with public recognition from the NCAA for being in the top 10 percent nationally in APR.

"We are very proud of the fine academic track record of our student-athletes," said President David J. Schmidly. "In the last two years we have had 19 CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees, and five Academic All-Americans so far, giving us some great individual successes. Having all 21 sports score at least a 925 showcases not just team success, but department success."

The single-year 2009-10 APR scores for the Lobos feature nine different programs recording a perfect 1000 score. Men's Cross Country, men's golf, men's skiing, men's tennis, women's basketball, women's golf, women's soccer, women's softball, and women's volleyball all had perfect eligibility and retention scores. The nine perfect scores is more than double the four recorded in 2008-09, and tops the previous record of seven, recorded in 2006-07.

"A lot of different things go into having an incredible APR report such as this," said Vice President for Athletics Paul Krebs. "We have made a concentrated effort with our academic staff and have made raising our APR scores a priority, and it's really a case of a lot of hard work paying off. Certainly our entire staff at our Academic Success Center needs to be commended, as do the coaches and student-athletes."

Also of note, 17 of UNM's 21 sports improved their single-season score from what was posted five years ago, led by skiing, who went from an 882 in 2005-06 to a perfect 1000. Of the four sports that didn't improve, three recorded perfect 1000s in both 2005-06 and 2009-10, and one dropped from 1000 to 944.

According to the NCAA, "The APR is calculated by allocating points for eligibility and retention -- the two factors that research identifies as the best indicators of graduation. Each player on a given roster earns a maximum of two points per term, one for being academically eligible and one for staying with the institution. A team's APR is the total points of a team's roster at a given time divided by the total points possible. Since this results in a decimal number, the number is multiplied by 1,000 for ease of reference. Thus, a raw APR score of .925 translates into the 925 that will become the standard terminology."

The APR is a rolling four-year average, meaning the new scores for 2009-10 replace the 2005-06 single-rate scores, giving the school a new four-year average.

Below are the APR scores for all Lobo Sports programs
Men's Programs

Baseball - 947
Football - 947
Basketball - 932
Cross Country - 1000
Golf - 968
Skiing - 957
Soccer - 972
Tennis - 978
Track, Indoor - 928
Track, Outdoor - 928

Women's Programs
Softball - 977
Basketball - 996
Cross Country - 966
Golf - 991
Skiing - 957
Soccer - 972
Swimming - 985
Tennis - 969
Track, Indoor - 961
Track, Outdoor - 958
Volleyball - 980