June 14, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's men's cross country, men's tennis, men's outdoor track & field, women's swimming and women's tennis programs were each recognized by the NCAA for placing in the top 10-percent in their sports on the multiyear Academic Progress Rates (APR), it was announced by the NCAA on Thursday.
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.
"Congratulations to our student-athletes and our academic staff for their efforts," Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson said. "The APR success is a result of our teams' priority placed on academic achievement and lifetime success."
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.
Tulane was second among the 12 Conference USA schools by placing five programs on the list. Eight of the conference schools had at least one sport recognized and Tulane was one of three schools to place more than four.
"These teams prove that it is possible to not only balance academic and athletic commitment, as most student-athletes do; but to exceed standards and post outstanding academic scores," said NCAA President Mark Emmert. "The drive and determination shown in the classroom and on the field by these men and women represent what it means to be an NCAA student-athlete."
A total of 263 schools, out of 347 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. Additionally, eight schools that offer athletics in more than one division, out of 49 overall within the NCAA, placed Division I teams on the list.
In 2011, 909 teams were recognized.
In seven years of the NCAA's academic reform program, 2,946 different teams have received Public Recognition Awards, representing 46 percent of eligible teams during that time. Of that total, 209 teams have received Public Recognition Awards each of the seven years of the program.
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 score measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.