Six Teams Receive APR Public Recognition Awards from NCAA
May 7, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University Department of Athletics is proud to announce that the Hoosiers men's basketball, men's cross country, men's golf, men's soccer, men's outdoor track and field and women's tennis programs are among an elite group of Division I sports teams being recognized for top academic performance as part of the NCAA's academic reform program.
Based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates, these awards are given each year to teams that posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in their sports.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. Full APRs for all teams, including access to postseason play and penalties for low-performing teams, will be released May 14.
"I want to congratulate these student-athletes for their outstanding work in the classroom, and commend head coaches Tom Crean, Ron Helmer, Todd Yeagley, Mike Mayer and Lin Loring for continuing to reinforce academic achievement as a top priority." said IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass.
Men's golf is being honored for the seventh straight year, women's tennis for the third straight season and men's basketball and men's soccer are being recognized for the second straight year.
Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-2013 academic years.
"We are very proud that these programs are being publicly commended on their outstanding academic achievement," Glass added. "The academic success of these teams is typical of our programs, whose multi-year scores routinely exceed the NCAA acceptable minimum of 930 by a very large margin, thanks to the expectations set by their coaches, the support of our academic services unit, and most importantly the strong effort of the student-athletes themselves."
2014 APR Background 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.
The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
The goal of the NCAA's academic performance program is improvement, not punishment. Not only does the program ensure accountability for student-athletes, teams and institutions, but also it provides fairness by considering individual circumstances per team and school.
This year marks the 10th year of APR data for most teams. The APR is a multi-year rate based on the most recent four years of data.
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