ECU gets two gold stars in NCAA report
East Carolina has all passing grades and two gold stars on its annual report card from the NCAA on the academic progress of its scholarship athletes.
The NCAA report, released June 11, is a closely watched barometer of how well member schools are doing in retaining and graduating athletes who were recruited to play here. The most important number in the report is the academic progress rate, or APR, that the NCAA assigns to each member school. APR is considered a predictor of graduation rates.
All ECU sports teams scored above the 925 multi-year APR minimum in 2011-12, according to the NCAA report. The report says five ECU teams—men’s tennis, women’s golf, swimming, tennis and volleyball teams—achieved graduation success rate scores, or GSRs, of 100. GSR is a broader academic success measure than APR and is taken over a longer period of time. It also takes into account incoming transfers who graduate from a different institution than the one they started at and transfers who leave an institution in good standing.
This year the NCAA gave special public recognition awards to two ECU teams. It said the ECU women’s volleyball and women’s swimming teams achieved APR rates in the top 10 percent of all squads nationwide in their respective sport.
It’s the volleyball team’s third time to make the elite academic list since 2004 and the first time for women’s swimming. The women’s tennis team has ranked in the top 10 four times but not this year.
ECU Athletics Director Jeff Compher said he was pleased. “Success is measured in many ways and while there is always room for improvement, we take great pride in the academic achievement of our student athletes,” he said.
Scoring below the APR minimum triggers NCAA team penalties ranging from loss of practice time to lost scholarships to a ban on postseason play. ECU’s men’s basketball program failed the APR a few years ago and was penalized a scholarship. The NCAA report shows that the men’s basketball team posted a 954 APR for 2011-12.
The report indicates that graduation rates for ECU scholarship athletes are about the same as the student body. Overall, ECU’s graduation success rate for athletes is 74 percent, according to the report.
ECU’s overall 945 APR is a reflection of the individual APRs earned by each of the school’s 19 teams.
The ECU football team earned a 945 APR for 2011-12. That’s down from the 954 the team earned the previous year, but it’s well ahead of its 909 score in 2004-05 when the NCAA began cracking down.
The ECU women’s basketball team had a 967 APR; baseball earned a 984 and women’s soccer had a 986.—Steve Tuttle
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Meet the EC Scholars
Future engineers, physicians and musicians are among the 19 incoming ECU freshmen selected for the prestigious EC Scholars Program.
The four-year merit scholarship recognizes outstanding academic performance, commitment to community engagement and strong leadership skills.
Recipients are admitted to East Carolina University’s Honors College and receive a scholarship for four years, along with a stipend for study abroad, for a total value of about $61,000. All are North Carolina residents.
The entering Class of 2017 EC Scholar recipients have completed a rigorous three-tier selection process that includes meeting the Honors College admissions criteria, having an additional faculty review and completing an on-campus interview. The incoming EC Scholar recipients have an average combined math/verbal SAT score of 1344 and an average unweighted GPA of 3.92.
They are Tori Chapman, Webster; Trey Cook, Cary; Matt Earley, Rocky Mount; Allison Flowers, Wilmington; Kristalyn Gill, Statesville; Sydney Hendricks, Ayden; Zoe Hinton, Louisburg; Lee Hoff, Greenville; Jared Keever, Dunn; Katerina Koloustroubis, Youngsville; Ian McMillan, Greenville; Shivam Patel, Cary; Tori Plyler, Statesville; McKenzie Shelton, Stokes; Ryan Stitt, Fuquay Varina; Ricky Tharrington, Pikeville; Jessie Tucci-Herron, Greenville; Patrick Twisdale, Mint Hill; and Keerthana Velappan, Cary.