Five Teams Receive NCAA APR Public Recognition Award
May 7, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Five University of Illinois athletic teams earned the NCAA Public Recognition Award based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR), the NCAA announced Wednesday. Illini baseball, men's and women's golf, soccer and women's tennis teams all earned the honor, which is bestowed to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent of their sport nationally for the four-year period ending with 2012-13.
Illinois women's golf has garnered the Public Recognition Award during all nine years of the program, while baseball has been honored six times, including each of the last three years. Women's soccer picked up the laurel for the third year in a row, while both the men's golf and women's tennis team were lauded for the second consecutive year.
Illinois is one of 59 schools to receive a Public Recognition Award in each of the program's nine years, with the women's golf team among the list of 146 teams that have earned Public Recognition Awards every year. The 1,049 teams publicly recognized for high achievement represent 631 women's teams and 418 men's or mixed squads. The Big Ten boasted 64 teams earning Public Recognition Awards, 32 on both the men's and women's side.
The Orange and Blue soccer team was one of only two Big Ten women's soccer squads recognized, while Illini baseball was one of only four Big Ten squads to earn the honor. Five Big Ten men's golf, women's golf and women's tennis teams collected the accolade, with Illinois being represented in each.
Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I 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.
This year's APR rates are based on data from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. 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. Full APR data for all teams will be announced May 14.