EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Three SIUE
teams were among those who received public recognition awards for
top academic performance from the NCAA Wednesday.
The SIUE men’s cross country, women’s tennis, and women’s soccer teams were among the 24 Ohio Valley Conference programs that were honored.
"We are very proud that SIUE’s student-athletes’ commitment to our value to pursue excellence continues to be publicly recognized," said SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt. "We are excited to be part of the NCAA's recognition and are pleased to show our dedication to the value of academic performance.”
The awards are given to teams scoring in the top 10 percent of the multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR), which is part of the NCAA's academic reform program.
“This success is a reflection of the daily efforts and support of the student-athletes and departments on campus, including Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Intercollegiate Athletics, and faculty and staff members who provide services,” added Hewitt.
The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement
calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally. Teams must
meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason,
and they also can face penalties for continued low academic
The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport. The APR awards two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic eligibility standards and who remain with the institution. A team's APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible, multiplied by 1,000. It includes four years (this year's numbers included the school years of 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13). High-performing teams receiving public recognition awards posted APR scores ranging from 980 to a perfect 1,000.
This year 1,049 teams (631 women's teams, 418 men's or mixed teams) were publicly recognized for high academic achievement, up from 976 a year ago. In all, 275 Division I institutions placed at least one team on the list.
Multi-year APR scores for all Division I sports teams will be announced May 14th.