June 5, 2013

Four Sports Recognized by NCAA for Academic Progress Rate

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AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron men's basketball, women's basketball, women's cross country and women's tennis programs received a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA on Wednesday based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR).

Each team posted an APR in the top-10 percent of all squads in their respective sport over the last four reported academic years (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12). The APR rating system is a real-time measure of eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes.

"This is a great achievement for these four programs," UA Director of Athletics Tom Wistrcill said. "It shows that the University's support system provides our student-athletes the tools necessary to balance their commitment to academics and athletics. Our coaches, staff and those in the campus community who work to help our student-athletes succeed are to be commended as well."

The APR system was launched in 2004-05. During that time 13 UA teams have earned a Public Recognition Award, with this year's four squads being the most in a given year. The Zips women's tennis team has been so honored each of the last four years, while the women's cross country program was recognized for the second time ever (2008-09). The men's and women's basketball squads were honored for the first time.

Nationally, top performing APRs this year ranged from 978 to a perfect 1,000, with the majority of teams earning a perfect score. A total of 268 schools, out of 346 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list.

Full APR scores for all teams will be released on June 11.