Women's tennis has been honored by the NCAA five years in a row.
May 12, 2010
CINCINNATI --- The NCAA has honored a school-record tying eight Xavier University athletic programs with Public Recognition Awards for academic excellence, the NCAA announced today. The NCAA has honored men's basketball, baseball, men's tennis, women's golf, women's swimming, women's tennis, women's indoor track and women's outdoor track.
Fordham (11) and Xavier (8) had the top number of teams honored this year among the 14 Atlantic 10 Conference institutions.
"I am proud of the fact that our programs at Xavier University have competed at a high level both on the courts and fields and in the classroom," said Xavier University Associate Vice President and Athletic Director Mike Bobinski. "Three of the teams on this year's list won conference championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament (baseball, men's basketball and men's tennis)."
The award is given to the top-ten percent of teams in each sport based on the NCAA Academic Progress Rate. The APR is a term-by-term progress for every student-athlete in Division I athletics.
During the five years that the Public Recognition Awards have been given, 13 of the 19 programs that Xavier has fielded during that time have been honored at least once. Xavier has one team that has been honored all five years (women's tennis), four teams that have been honored in four of the five years (men's swimming, women's cross country, women's indoor track and women's outdoor track) and one other (men's basketball) that has been honored three of the last five years.
Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear APR. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
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.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced at a later date. That announcement also will include immediate and historical penalties for low-performing teams. As in past years, you will be notified prior to this public release of scores and penalties.