Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Six Programs Earn NCAA Public Recognition Award

Six Programs Earn NCAA Public Recognition Award

A record total of 18 teams were recognized for having a multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) score that ranked in the top 10 percent of their sport nationwide. It accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation each term to provide a clear measure of each team's academic performance. The most recent multiyear rates are based on the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

Public Recognition Awards get handed out based on a sport's multi-year Academic Progress Rate, better known as the "APR". This year marks the second straight in which the women's tennis program finished with an April above 1,000 and received a Public Recognition Award. The score for individual teams that do not have ideal scores are released by the NCAA at a later date.

Georgia Tech women's cross country, golf, men's tennis, women's track & field and volleyball all earned the honor for the four-year period ending in 2016-17.

"Congratulations to our women's cross country, golf, men's tennis, women's track & field and volleyball programs on this outstanding achievement". "I commend these student-athletes for their full dedication to both their academics and their team".

UTSA now has received 11 Public Recognition Awards in the 13-year history of the program, including seven in the last two 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.

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Former student-athletes who return to school and graduate can earn a bonus point for their former team applied to the time he or she graduates.

Penn State, No. 2 in the 2018 final Winter Learfield Directors' Cup standings, has one of the nation's most comprehensive and successful athletic programs, featuring 800 student-athletes across 31 varsity programs (16 men's, 15 women's).

"The key with the April is that it's a complete team effort, from our faculty to our campus advisers, coaches and administration", said Tommy Powell, the school's assistant provost for student-athlete academic development "We all work together to make a world-class experience for our student-athletes and prepare them for life when they leave".

All Division I programs' April scores will be released publicly on May 23.

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