Sooners rank among nation’s best in academics


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Updated: 6/11/2013 3:05 pm Published: 6/11/2013 3:03 pm


NORMAN, Okla. – The NCAA released 2011-12 Academic Progress Rate results for member institutions on Tuesday. The University of Oklahoma once again ranked among the top schools in the nation in terms of academic performance.

The APR scale serves as a real-time measure of student-athlete academic progress, retention and timely graduation of all NCAA Division I institutions. All sport programs at OU earned a multi-year (four-year average) APR score above the minimum 930 after the 2011-12 academic year. The OU women's indoor and outdoor track programs earned a perfect 1,000 multi-year APR, an achievement that puts those programs among the top 10 percent nationally.

In addition, during the 2012-13 academic year OU student-athletes earned a cumulative GPA of over 3.00 in both the fall (3.03) and spring (3.01) semesters for the first time. That average 3.02 cumulative GPA is the highest on record for an academic year for OU Athletics.

“These numbers simply confirm the tremendous commitment that our student-athletes at the University of Oklahoma have made to achieve success in the classroom,” said OU Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Director of Athletics, Joe Castiglione. “Under the leadership of President David L. Boren, the University of Oklahoma has earned a well-deserved national reputation for academic excellence. Our student-athletes, coaches and support staff have worked very hard to uphold that standard.”

During the 2011-12 academic year, the Sooners boasted 10 different programs with a perfect 1,000 annual APR score, tying with Texas with the top total in the Big 12: Women’s indoor and outdoor track, men’s basketball, men’s golf, men’s tennis, women's gymnastics, softball, women’s golf, women's tennis and volleyball all earned a 1,000 annual APR score in 2011-12. The latest report marks the fourth consecutive year that all OU Athletics programs have finished above the NCAA minimum APR threshold.

OU Football once again exceeded the national FBS average, producing a 960 multi-year APR to place the Sooners third among Big 12 institutions behind only Baylor and TCU, who both registered a 962. Men’s basketball registered a 960 multi-year average to also exceed the national average.

The Oklahoma women’s basketball program recorded a 984 multi-year APR in 2011-12, a figure that was only slightly behind the Big 12-best mark of 990 posted by Kansas State. Like football and men’s basketball, the Sooners were well above the national average for Division I women’s basketball programs. Meanwhile, Oklahoma’s baseball squad registered a 958 multi-year APR for 2011-12, a figure that ranked fourth among Big 12 squads.

Earlier this year, a record 151 current and former Sooner student-athletes received their diplomas as members of the Class of 2013. That group featured a department-record three student-athletes finished their undergraduate careers with perfect 4.0 GPAs - football's Gabe Ikard (multidisciplinary studies) as well as Jacy Bennett (supply chain management) and Cassandra Ogan (music-voice) from track & field. Those 151 Oklahoma student-athletes graduated with 36 different majors and will have completed seven different graduate programs, ranging from advertising to supply chain management to adult education and public health.

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