JONESBORO, Ark. (5/3/17) – Three Arkansas State University intercollegiate athletics programs – women's cross country, women's golf and women's tennis – have earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for earning multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the top 10 percent all teams in their respective sports.
Each of the three sports finished with a perfect APR score of 1,000. This also marks the third consecutive year that the women's golf and women's tennis teams have appeared on the list. In addition, A-State has had at least three teams rank in the top 10 percent of their sports in each of the last three multiyear reports.
Overall, A-State has had six different programs recognized with the special distinction 15 times since the NCAA began acknowledging teams in 2004-05.
A-State also tied for the most recognitions among Sun Belt Conference member schools. Appalachian State, Georgia State, ULM, South Alabama and Texas State also placed three teams each on the awards list, while Georgia Southern, Louisiana-Lafayette and UT Arlington rounded out the list of SBC institutions named with one team each. The Red Wolves also had the most teams recognized among NCAA Division I schools in the state of Arkansas.
In all, 1,203 teams were teams were publicly recognized, including 746 women's teams and 457 men's or mixed squads. The scores required to be in the top 10 ranged from 984 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport.
Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear 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.
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.
APR scores for all Division I sports teams will be announced May 10.