Cleveland State Student-Athletes Continue to Excel in the Classroom

Cleveland State Student-Athletes Continue to Excel in the Classroom

INDIANAPOLIS -- For the seventh time in the last nine years, all of Cleveland State University's aid-awarding athletic programs earned a multiyear Academic Progress Rate score above the NCAA minimum threshold according to data released by the NCAA to its member institutions Wednesday. In fact, each of the Vikings 17 sports programs registered a multiyear APR score at least 18 points above the NCAA's required minimum of 930 during the current cohort.

Additionally, eight of Cleveland State's 17 aid-awarding athletics programs recorded a multiyear APR score above the NCAA Division I national average for those sports, and three programs — women's basketball, women's golf and cross country — registered perfect multiyear APR scores of 1,000. This is the 14th consecutive year that the cross country program has posted a perfect APR score, and the third straight year that women's basketball has accomplished the feat.

Cleveland State has had at least one program post a perfect score of 1,000 since the inception of the APR, and has had three, or more, programs earn a perfect score for seven straight years. The Vikings had an average multiyear score of 977 and nine programs had a perfect 1,000 single-year score in 2017-18.

"Our student-athletes, coaches and staff should be proud of these results and of their continued commitment to academic excellence," said Cleveland State Director of Athletics Scott Garrett. "Our department takes seriously the mission of transforming the lives of Viking student-athletes, particularly through their achievement in the classroom. Our student-athletes continue to prove that academic achievement and athletic success can co-exist at a high level at Cleveland State University. With the help of our academic support and coaching staffs, we aspire to produce even better results in the coming years."

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

In addition to the Vikings APR success, Cleveland State student-athletes have posted a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for 24 consecutive semesters. In November, Cleveland State garnered a 94 percent student-athlete Graduation Success Rate, its second straight GSR school record.