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June 20, 2012

Warhawks continue to make strides in APR

The National Collegiate Athletic Association released its annual Academic Progress Rate report and fourteen of the 16 ULM athletic programs achieved a higher single-year score in 2010-11 compared to 2009-10.

The two remaining programs (men's golf and women's tennis) still achieved positive marks after recording perfect scores the year before.

Overall, ULM's APR rates have increased steadily since 2006 as most teams exceeded the minimum requirements set by the NCAA.

The most recent multi-year numbers represent the best overall marks since APR was instituted.

An APR score is designed to measure the academic eligibility, retention and graduation of an institution's student-athletes and its teams.

The NCAA also approved a waiver submitted by ULM to reinstate eligibility for participation in postseason competition of men's basketball for the 2012-13 season and the full allotment of scholarships was also restored.

The squad will still continue to have limitations on practices and the number of contests for the upcoming year.

“We continue to make positive strides in our academic performance,” said Bobby Staub, ULM’s Director of Athletics.

“Our results should be credited to our coaches, academic counselors, and most of all, our student-athletes. The members of the President's Athletic Task Force are also to be commended for their contributions in time and effort. This has truly been a team effort." 

ULM, with a 66 percent graduation rate in 2011-12, recorded the highest single-year federal graduation rate in the state of Louisiana.

ULM had a record 121 student-athletes named to the Sun Belt Commissioner's List (3.5 or better grade point average) and Sun Belt Academic Honor Roll (3.0-3.49 GPA) last year.

Additionally, 108 student-athletes were honored at the Maroon & Gold Society banquet in May, which recognizes student-athletes achieving a cumulative grade point average above 3.0.

Under the direction of first-year head coach Stacy Snider, the women's golf team has earned an average cumulative GPA of 3.736.

The average cumulative GPA for all student-athletes is approximately a 3.071, with over half of ULM's programs earning a team cumulative GPA over a 3.0.

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