FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The men's basketball multi-year rate was as low as 886 in numbers reflecting APR through the 2008-09 academic year. A comprehensive long-term APR improvement plan was developed and implemented resulting in substantial progress including a most recent rate that surpassed the benchmark by 21 points.
"I am pleased that our program continues to make significant progress in the classroom as reflected by our APR performance," men's basketball coach Mike Anderson said. "I appreciate all of the efforts made by our administration and academic staff to help provide our student-athletes with the guidance and resources necessary to succeed. I am proud of our young men who have made the commitment to work in both the classroom and on the court. We will continue to have the expectation within our program that student-athletes work toward graduation while competing for the University of Arkansas as a member of our men's basketball team."
In addition to men's basketball 57-point improvement, the largest rate increases in multi-year APR rates came in volleyball (23 points), softball (12 points), men's indoor track and field (9 points), men's cross country (8 points) and women's tennis (8 points).
The APR is based on academic eligibility and retention of student-athletes in each athletic program. This report's multi-year scores are based on the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years. The APR is in the process of transitioning to a 930 benchmark during the course of the next two years. All 19 Razorback programs already exceed the new targeted benchmark.