Rutgers programs recognized by NCAA for academic performance

88 Women’s 27 Beach 6 Men’s Programs Earn NCAA APR Award

88 Women’s 27 Beach 6 Men’s Programs Earn NCAA APR Award

Five Penn State teams have earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award for posting elite scores in the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) compilation, including three of the Nittany Lions' most recent NCAA Championship squads. Of the teams recognized, 457 competed in men's or mixed sports, and 827 competed in women's sports. "Coach Tramel, his student-athletes and the hard-working academic advisors in the Buck Harless Student-Athlete Program are worthy of this recognition for a job well done".

The UNC men's cross country team, women's fencing, men's golf, gymnastics, women's lacrosse, men's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis, and volleyball were also recognized.

Volleyball is among the 85 teams that have earned Public Recognition Awards every year of the 13-year old program and an even more select group that has never lost an April point. The 2016-17 honor was the first for the program and marked the first time a Razorback sport made its debut in the public recognition awards since both swimming and diving and volleyball earned their first honors in 2011-12. The nine recognitions for women's golf is a program record. The spring academic semester which just concluded was the 30th consecutive semester in which Wildcats student-athletes maintained a collective grade-point average above a 3.0, and the seventh straight semester in which the GPA for student-athletes was higher than a 3.2. The metric provides a real-time measure of a sport program's academic performance based on points earned each semester by student-athletes for their academic standing and retention. Of the 64-team women's tournament, Gonzaga was one of 15 honored. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is meant to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.

More troubling is that schools like North Carolina, which endured a lengthy scandal while enrolling athletes in sub-standard classes in order to keep them eligible, turned in excellent April scores while that behavior was occurring.

The actual April for each Division I team will be released May 23.

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