Chicago State University

CSU Athletics Penalty Free 3 years in a row

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CHICAGO – Chicago State University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics will have no penalties for the third year in a row thanks another successful academic year as shown in its latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced today in a release of its national APR data. 

The APR is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every NCAA Division I sports team. Multi-year APR scores are based on the averages from the single year scores of the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years. A perfect APR score is 1,000. 

“We are so very proud of our students, who continue to personify the term ‘student-athlete’ here at CSU. This is a team effort of the entire university,” said Dr. Denisha Hendricks, CSU’s Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics. \

Of the department’s 15 athletic teams, CSU saw 11 of its teams improve on their APR scores from the last year. Teams with the top APR scores were women’s tennis (978), men’s cross country (977), men’s tennis (976) and men’s track and field (976) served as the top teams. \

“The fact that CSU has now reached three years in a row with no penalties is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes and coaching staff.  We are grateful to the faculty and staff for their support and commitment to our student-athletes.  It really does take a village to continue to meet the NCAA's benchmarks,” stated CSU’s Associate Athletic Director for Academic Success Karen Schiferl. 

The multi-year scores for men’s tennis ranked first in the Western Athletic Conference, while men’s track, women’s tennis and baseball (972) placed third among the WAC schools, respectively.