Bruce Weber's Illini basketball squad has received an APR public recognition award for the third straight year.
April 25, 2008
Champaign, Ill. - The NCAA has recognized three Fighting Illini squads for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores with APR Public Recognition Awards. Honored this year at Illinois are the Baseball, Men's Basketball and Women's Golf teams. These teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent nationally of all squads in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort.
The Illinois men's basketball team is the lone Big Ten Conference program to be honored this year. Bruce Weber's squad has earned the Public Recognition Award each of the three years it has been in existence. The Illini baseball team is one of just four Big Ten programs and women's golf is one of just three Big Ten programs to be honored. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 965 to a perfect 1,000.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
Multi-year APR scores for all 6,110 Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced May 6.