Georgia Tech matched a school record with five programs earning NCAA Public Recognition Awards for multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores that rank among the top 10 percent nationally in their respective sports, the NCAA announced on Wednesday.
The NCAA did not recognize N.C. State for being among the top 10 percent, and its sports teams' scores have not been released. It 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.
Public Recognition Awards get handed out based on a sport's multi-year Academic Progress Rate, better known as the "APR".
The UNC men's cross country team, women's fencing, men's golf, gymnastics, women's lacrosse, men's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis, and volleyball were also recognized. Of the teams recognized, 457 competed in men's or mixed sports, and 827 competed in women's sports.
The men's and women's fencing (2014), women's volleyball (2014) and wrestling (2014, 2016-18) programs have captured NCAA Championships during the past four years.
Former student-athletes who return to school and graduate can earn a bonus point for their former team applied to the time he or she graduates.
The mission of the Ole Miss Student-Athlete Development program is to challenge student-athletes to be lifelong learners while pursuing continuous improvement academically, socially, personally and professionally during and beyond their careers as student-athletes. This year marks the first year in which the baseball program has been honored with a Public Recognition Award.
The University of Arkansas has earned a public recognition award in 12 of the 13 years since the program was initiated. The spring academic semester which just concluded was the 30th consecutive semester in which Wildcats student-athletes maintained a collective grade-point average above a 3.0, and the seventh straight semester in which the GPA for student-athletes was higher than a 3.2. Of the 64-team women's tournament, Gonzaga was one of 15 honored.
Specific scores for all teams will be released May 23.
This is the 13th year that Academic Progress Rate (APR) data has been collected for Division I schools.