Baylor Sports Earn APR Public Recognition Awards

Baylor Sports Earn APR Public Recognition Awards

Five Penn State teams have earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award for posting elite scores in the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) compilation, including three of the Nittany Lions' most recent NCAA Championship squads. Baylor baseball, men's basketball, softball and soccer teams scored in the Top 10 percent nationally in Academic Progress Rate (APR) in their respective sports.

The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport.

The latest April scores cover a four-year period from 2013-14 to 2016-17.

A total of 1,284 teams from 312 Division I schools received Public Recognition Awards this year.

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Other Zag programs honored: baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, men's golf, men's soccer, women's tennis, men's track and women's track (indoor and outdoor track are combined).

Women's basketball picked up the recognition for the 13th straight year and the program is just one of 85 teams from all sports that have earned the recognition in every year of program.

Villanova had 11 women's programs and seven men's programs cited for their academic achievement in Wednesday's announcement.

"Congratulations to our women's golf, gymnastics and women's tennis programs on being recognized nationally for their academic excellence", Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek said. I would also like to thank the Morgan Academic Center staff for their efforts in supporting our student-athletes. The latest data is yet another indicator of across-the-board student-athlete success at Villanova.

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The University of Arkansas has earned a public recognition award in 12 of the 13 years since the program was initiated.

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams.

A school record 26 teams and 520 Nittany Lion student-athletes earned at least a 3.0 grade-point average during the 2017 fall semester, including a record 253 who earned Dean's List recognition for having a 3.5 GPA.

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