The Coastal Carolina women's tennis and beach volleyball teams have received the Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for demonstrating academic excellence after scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rates (APR), it was announced Wednesday. It measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport.
The latest April scores cover a four-year period from 2013-14 to 2016-17.
Brown University led all Division I schools with 20 of its teams earning public recognition awards.
GW's women's cross country, golf, men's soccer, softball, men's tennis, men's and women's track and women's water polo teams were honored. GU men's basketball, women's basketball and baseball were the only WCC teams in their respective sports to earn Public Recognition Awards.
Villanova had 11 women's programs and seven men's programs cited for their academic achievement in Wednesday's announcement. GT golf is one of only 85 programs that has earned all 13 Public Recognition Awards. "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".
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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.
Former student-athletes who return to school and graduate can earn a bonus point for their former team applied to the time he or she graduates. "Their academic achievement is a testament to the dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and staff in our continued focus on student-athlete success". Of the 64-team women's tournament, Gonzaga was one of 15 honored.
This is the 13th year that Academic Progress Rate (APR) data has been collected for Division I schools.
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.
Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I April.