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    June 15, 2022 Lynchburg, Va. RSS |

    Liberty’s women’s cross country and women’s soccer programs have been recognized by the NCAA for holding a perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores.

    This is the fourth year in a row Liberty’s women’s cross country team has posted an APR score of 1,000. The NCAA did not release APR scores for the 2019-20 year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    This is the first time Liberty’s women’s soccer team has posted an APR score of 1,000. Since the NCAA started releasing the APR score information for the 2004-05 year (18 years), Liberty Athletics has had 27 teams post a perfect APR score of 1,000.

    “Liberty student-athletes are thriving by every measure, and we are excited to celebrate these recent NCAA APR honors for women’s cross country and women’s soccer,” said Liberty Director of Athletics Ian McCaw.

    Liberty’s football and men’s basketball programs also posted all-time program highs in APR scores. The Flames football program jumped from a 957 in 2018-19 to a 976 in 2020-21. The men’s basketball program moved from a 970 to 990 over the two-year span.

    Overall, Liberty Athletics had 13 programs post an APR score of 990 or higher (men’s basketball/990, men’s cross country/990, men’s golf/991, men’s soccer/992, men’s tennis/991, volleyball/995, women’s cross country/1,000, women’s lacrosse/991, women’s soccer/1,000, women’s swimming & diving/994, women’s tennis/992 and women’s track & field/991).

    The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport.

    All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for postseason competition and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.

    The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2020-21 academic years.