Doing Their Part In And Out The Classroom

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: April 24, 2009

NEW YORK — The NCAA has released its Academic Progress Rate (APR) public recognition awards to teams that have multi-year success in meeting the NCAA’s APR standards.

The Association honored 767 Division I sports teams that scored in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.

Seven HBCU squads made the list including the women’s basketball team from Alabama A&M, women’s golf teams from Alcorn State and Savannah State, women’s bowling teams from Hampton and Maryland-Eastern Shore and women’s track squads from Mississippi Valley State and South Carolina State.

The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort. The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester 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 most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years. The teams recognized this year represent 11.8 percent of the 6,484 Division I teams.

The list includes 319 men’s teams and 448 women’s teams.

The next round of multi-year APR scores for all Division I sports teams will be announced May 6. The announcement also will include immediate and historically based penalties for low-performing teams.