The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga had two programs honored by the NCAA for high scores in the most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate, the national office announced today. The Mocs men’s golf and men’s cross country teams both finished in the top-10 percent of their respective sports to earn Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA.
This is the third year in a row the men’s golf team has earned public acclaim for its APR scores. The Mocs are currently preparing for next week’s NCAA Regional in Eugene, Ore. It is the second-straight honor for the men’s cross country squad, who had the highest team GPA in the nation in the fall.
APRs for all Division I teams will be released May 14. 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 performance.
The scores required to be in the top ten ranged from 980 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport, with the majority of top 10 teams earning a perfect APR.
“Each year, more and more teams are achieving perfect APR scores,” said NCAA president Mark Emmert. “We are proud of our member schools’ commitment to providing tremendous opportunities for student-athletes so they can succeed on the field, in the classroom, and in life.”
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 most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-2012 and 2012-13 academic years.