June 14, 2012
Nine of Vanderbilt's teams were honored Thursday for earning NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards. The awards are given each year to teams with multi-year Academic Progress Rates in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
The sports that earned recognition at Vanderbilt were baseball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, soccer and men's and women's tennis.
Vanderbilt led the SEC with nine of the league's 25 teams that were awarded by the NCAA. In total, 954 NCAA Division I teams were honored - 560 women's teams and 394 men's or mixed squads. The 25 SEC teams recognized were the most in the seven-year history of the award.
The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years. Full APRs for all teams will be released June 20.
"These teams prove that it is possible to not only balance academic and athletic commitment, as most student-athletes do; but to exceed standards and post outstanding academic scores," said NCAA President Mark Emmert. "The drive and determination shown in the classroom and on the field by these men and women represent what it means to be an NCAA student-athlete."
In 2011, 909 teams were recognized. In seven years of the NCAA's academic reform program, 2,946 different teams have received Public Recognition Awards, representing 46 percent of eligible teams during that time. Of that total, 209 teams have received Public Recognition Awards each of the seven years of the program.
Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The score measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.