Three Washington Sports Programs Earn NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards
June 14, 2012
SEATTLE - The women's soccer, women's gymnastics, and men's tennis programs at the University of Washington were honored by the NCAA with public recognition awards Thursday, for being in the top-10 percent of their respective sports in the latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. This is the second consecutive APR public recognition for the Husky women's soccer squad. The APR scores reflected are based on rates from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.
"The student-athletes in these programs excel academically and athletically and are to be congratulated. They define what it means to be a student-athlete, competing in the classroom and in their sport at the highest level," Kim Durand, associate athletic director for student development, said. "Congratulations also to the coaches in each of these sports who recruit the right students, and provide an academic culture of excellence."
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 20.