JONESBORO, Ark. (5/16/18) – The Arkansas State Athletics Department had three programs, including women’s cross country, women’s golf and women’s tennis, earn a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA on Wednesday for compiling multiyear Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the top 10 percent of all teams in their respective sport.
The Red Wolves have now seen at least three programs earn the honor four consecutive years, which is currently the longest such streak among all Sun Belt Conference schools. A-State’s four-year run with at least three programs receiving the award includes the 2015 NCAA announcement when A-State had a school-record five programs recognized.
Arkansas State was one of just six Sun Belt Conference schools to have at least three programs receive the award this year. Since the NCAA began the APR Public Recognition Awards, the Red Wolves have had six teams make the list a combined 19 times.
Both the women’s golf and women’s tennis teams received a Public Recognition Award for the fourth consecutive year, while women’s cross country did so for the second straight time and has earned the honor three times overall. Among the other A-State sports to be issued the award are men’s cross country three times, men’s golf once and women’s bowling four times.
While the most recent APR scores run through the 2016-17 academic year, women’s golf completed the 2017-18 year with a 3.9 team GPA, women’s cross country with a 3.5 team GPA and women’s tennis with a 3.3 team GPA.
APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 23. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport.
The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.