INDIANAPOLIS (May 1) – Seattle University women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, and women’s golf have been honored by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards, given to teams with an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports based on their most recent multi-year APRs after the 2017-18 academic year, the association announced Wednesday.
Based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates, these teams have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for posting scores in the top 10 percent of their sport. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams.
Just 10 WAC programs were recognized, with SU pacing the conference with its four representatives.
SU women’s golf has now claimed a Public Recognition Award for four straight years, while women’s basketball and women’s cross country have taken the honor in each of the last three years.
The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.
Largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores, teams earning Public Recognition Awards increased to 1,328, up by 44 from the previous academic year. APRs for programs in the top 10% ranged from 987 to a perfect 1,000, and the number of teams posting perfect scores increased to 1,214, marking an increase of 26 teams from last year.
Of the teams recognized, 471 competed in men’s or mixed sports, and 857 competed in women’s sports.
The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17, and 2017-18 academic years.