Xavier Had Seven Teams Honored With NCAA Public Recognition Awards

Jimmy Roebker helped men's tennis earn one of the Public Recognition Awards.

Jimmy Roebker helped men's tennis earn one of the Public Recognition Awards.

June 6, 2013

CINCINNATI --- Xavier University had seven of its 18 athletic teams receive Public Recognition Awards today from the NCAA, awards based on the most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate. These awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent plus ties in each sport.

The seven Xavier teams honored today by the NCAA include: men's and women's tennis, women's golf, women's volleyball, women's cross country , women's indoor track and women's outdoor track.

The seven Public Recognition Awards ties Xavier with Butler and DePaul for second behind Georgetown (14) among the 10 members of the new BIG EAST, which officially begins as a league on July 1.

"These Public Recognition Awards are a credit to the student-athletes and the entire Xavier University community, especially our coaches, academic support staff and the faculty," said Xavier Athletic Director Greg Christopher. "This is further evidence of Xavier's commitment to align academic excellence with our commitment to athletic success."

Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-2012 academic years.

Xavier is one of only 61 schools across the nation that has at least one program that has received Public Recognition Awards each of the eight years of the program. Xavier's women's tennis program has received a Public Recognition Award each of the eight years, while women's indoor and outdoor track and field has earned Public Recognition Awards each of the last seven years.

Full APRs for all teams, including access to postseason play and penalties for low-performing teams, will be released June 11.



 "The NCAA's quintessential student-athlete exhibits dedication and commitment both on the playing field and in the classroom," said NCAA President Mark Emmert. "These teams and programs truly embody the overall values of the NCAA, and have exceeded standards to post fantastic academic scores. We are delighted by such a clear example of our membership's commitment to providing well-rounded experiences to student-athletes."