May 12, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - Tulane's men's cross country, men's outdoor track & field, women's indoor track & field and women's tennis programs were 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 Wednesday.
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.
"I 'm extremely proud of our student-athletes in these sports along with the coaches and academic staff who support their efforts," Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson said. "They have established another layer of achievement in our mission of excellence in scholarship, competition and service."
The Green Wave men's cross country team placed four student-athletes on the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll, while the men's track & field program placed eight on the list and women's track & field posted 13 student-athletes on the list.
"I am proud of this achievement by our men's and women's track and field and cross country programs," Tulane's head cross country and track & field coach Eric Peterson said. "This APR information reflects well on the character strength of the young men and women in our program that commit to Tulane University and finish with a highly valued degree. Our student athletes are smart, talented and driven young adults that understand the importance of finishing what they start."
The Tulane women's tennis team placed six student-athletes on the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll, two on the All C-USA Postseason first and second teams and posted a 13-9 overall record this past season.
"I am very proud of the achievements that our student-athlete's have made in reestablishing Tulane's women tennis program both on the court and in the classroom," Tulane's head women's tennis coach Terri Sisk said. "Such recognition by the NCAA puts Tulane back on the map as one of the preeminent programs in the country. In our recruiting efforts, we look to identify young ladies who are prepared to make an athletic and academic commitment to excellence. It's satisfying that their continued hard work and diligence is being recognized by the NCAA with this prestigious award."
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.