June 14, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University baseball, men's golf and women's tennis teams 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 scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with their APRs. 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.
The 954 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 560 women's teams and 394 men's or mixed squads. Full APRs for all teams, including access to postseason play and penalties for low-performing teams, will be released June 20.
"I want to congratulate the baseball, men's golf and women's tennis student-athletes for their outstanding work in the classroom, and commend the leadership of head coaches Tracy Smith, 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.
High-performing teams receiving public recognition awards this year posted APR scores ranging from 978 to a perfect 1,000. Baseball had a multi-year rate of 992, men's golf was at 1,000, as was women's tennis.
"These teams prove that it is possible to not only balance academic and athletic commitment, as most student-athletes do; but to exceed standards and post outstanding academic scores," said NCAA President Mark Emmert. "The drive and determination shown in the classroom and on the field by these men and women represent what it means to be an NCAA student-athlete."
A total of 263 schools, out of 347 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. Additionally, 8 schools that offer athletics in more than one division, out of 49 overall within the NCAA, placed Division I teams on the list. In seven years of the NCAA's academic reform program, 2,946 different teams have received Public Recognition Awards, representing 46 percent of eligible teams during that time. Of that total, 209 teams have received Public Recognition Awards each of the seven years of the program.
The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 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 fortunately typical of our programs which routinely exceed the NCAA acceptable minimum of 925 by a very large margin."