TSU Athletics Excels in Recent NCAA Release of Academic Progress Rates
With the recent release of Academic Progress Rates for Division I colleges across
the country, Texas Southern University has emerged as one of the true examples of
what the hard work of student-athletes and dedicated athletic staff members can accomplish
with continued persistence.
For the first time since its inception in 2004, all of TSU's athletic programs have APR scores that either meet or exceed current NCAA standards. Student-athletes at Texas Southern across the board increased or maintained academic success in all sports, according to the latest NCAA Academic Progress Rates.
"The recent success at Texas Southern - as it relates to APR - is a testament of the countless hours of work put in by our student-athletes," said TSU Director of Athletics Dr. Charles McClelland. "We will continue to implement and promote measures that will put a strong emphasis on academics. We're extremely pleased with where we are and we look forward to continued growth."
Every Division I sports team calculates its' APR each academic year, based on the eligibility, graduation and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Rates are based on the past four years' performance.
During the 2007-08 athletic year, a total of 13 Texas Southern University athletics' programs failed to meet NCAA Division I APR standards making this year's report all the more remarkable.
"One of our primary goals as an athletics department is to ensure the success of our student-athletes inside the classroom and to assist them with laying a solid foundation for life after intercollegiate sports,” McClelland added. “That starts with helping them maximize their full potential by obtaining a college degree. The recently released APR data for our athletics program definitely shows that we're on the right track."