Teams earning Public Recognition Awards increased to 1,284, up by 79 from the previous academic year, largely as a result of an increase in ideal scores.
Four Baylor University athletics programs received National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Academic Performance Program awards Wednesday afternoon. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.
The other Duke programs recognized were men's and women's fencing, men's and women's soccer, field hockey, men's golf, women's lacrosse, women's cross country, women's tennis and volleyball. "To rank in the top 10 percent nationally is a huge accomplishment". 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. This year marks the second straight in which the women's tennis program finished with an April above 1,000 and received a Public Recognition Award. The nine recognitions for women's golf is a program record. In addition to this year's selection, the Razorback women's golf program was previously recognized for the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 seasons. The women's golf program has also been exceptional on the course winning a school-record seven tournaments in 2017-18. Women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, men's golf, softball and men's tennis were all recognized by the NCAA.
"We're very proud that four of our programs received the Public Recognition Award from the NCAA", Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lisa Campos said. Prior to the most recent award, gymnastics was recognized in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12. The women's golf squad, led by Denise St. Pierre, is next among Penn State squads with six NCAA Public Recognition Awards. 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.
All Division I programs' April scores will be released publicly on May 23.
The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I athletics teams across the country. The football program had a run of eight straight years of landing in the top 10 percent nationally until a downturn that can be attributed to a rash of player dismissals and transfers late in the Kyle Flood era.
The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation, and provides a tangible measure of a team's academic performance.