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Four UTSA Athletics programs recognized for academic excellence

Four UTSA Athletics programs recognized for academic excellence

One year after eight Rutgers teams were cited by the NCAA for being among the top 10 percent nationally in multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR), Rutgers achieved that same record-total Wednesday when the college athletics governing body released its list of teams recognized for academic excellence after scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR). The other teams include: North Carolina men's basketball, Clemson football, Arizona State women's golf, Oklahoma women's gymnastics and Florida women's tennis. 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.

Women's golf is being honored for the first time.

Both teams are now in postseason competition, with the No. 5 women's tennis team headed to the Sweet 16 at Wake Forest, and the men's golf team is in the thick of competition at the NCAA Regional in Bryan, Texas, looking to secure their spot at the NCAA Championships. "Matching a school record for NCAA Public Recognition Awards is an accomplishment that everyone associated with Georgia Tech can be proud of", director of athletics Todd Stansbury said.




Women's Tennis became the seventh Razorback program to earn distinction from the NCAA as part of the APR Public Recognition Awards. Seven national championship teams so far this year have earned Public Recognition Awards. Arkansas made a run at this year's SEC Women's Tennis Tournament, winning three of its four matches, earning its first tournament semifinal berth in a decade and just the third semifinal appearance in school history.

Specific scores for all teams will be released May 23. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement. APRs for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 985 to a flawless 1,000. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

Public Recognition Awards get handed out based on a sport's multi-year Academic Progress Rate, better known as the "APR". The field hockey team, led by coach Char Morett, has received an NCAA Public Recognition Award nine times.


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