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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Nineteen of Sacramento State's 20 intercollegiate athletic teams received an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score above 925 for the 2008-09 academic year. Among those 19 were eight sports with a perfect 1000 score comprised of men's basketball, men's cross country, men's golf, women's cross country, women's tennis, women's indoor track, women's outdoor track and volleyball.

"It's been a long time goal to improve the academic performance of our student-athletes and I think the recent numbers reflect that we are making strides," Sacramento State Director of Athletics Terry Wanless said. "We strive to have our student-athletes succeed in the classroom and on the field of competition and I am pleased with their performance."

An APR score is calculated on two factors: eligibility/graduation and retention.  Each student-athlete accrues zero, one or two points per semester. If the student-athlete is in good academic standing at the end of the term, including on-schedule progress toward a degree, and if they are enrolled in the subsequent term, they receive two points; if they are one and not the other, they earn a single point, and if neither, zero.  It should be noted that APR data are only collected for team members on athletic scholarship.
For example, if a team was comprised of 20 student-athletes on aid, and all 20 were in good academic standing and returned to school the next semester, the team’s semester APR would be 1000 (40 out of a 40 possible points).  The next semester, if two became ineligible, one left school and one stayed, and the other 18 remained in good standing, the semester APR would be 925 (37 of 40).  The team’s APR for the year would thus be 963 (for 77 out of 80 possible points).

Two Sacramento State sports (football and men's indoor track) were penalized by the NCAA for having four-year rolling averages below 925 and having a student-athlete record an 0-for-2 during the 2008-09 season. While those penalties have already been served by both teams, the two also fared well during the 2008-09 season. Football raised its average by recording a score of 932 and men's indoor track scored 964.

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