June 5, 2013
SEATTLE - The women's soccer, women's tennis, women's gymnastics, and men's tennis programs at the University of Washington were honored by the NCAA with public recognition awards Wednesday, for placing in the top-10 percent of their respective sports in the latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. This is the third consecutive APR public recognition for the Husky women's soccer squad, and the second consecutive award for gymnastics and men's tennis. The APR scores reflected are based on rates from the 2008-09, 2000-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.
"These NCAA public recognition awards are a testament to the hard work of the student-athletes in our women's soccer, gymnastics, and men's and women's tennis programs," Kim Durand, associate athletic director for student development, said. "To see Husky programs place consistently in the top of their sports speaks to the consistent culture of academic excellence our coaches, student-athletes, and SAAS staff have worked so diligently to develop and maintain here at Washington."
Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. This year's release will again include recognition in the sport of football by subdivision (i.e., Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision).
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.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced June 11.