Men's Basketball, Softball earn NCAA public recognition awards
April 22, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS -- The University of Texas men’s basketball and softball programs are among 767 Division I sports teams to receive public recognition awards for their latest multi-year NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR), the NCAA announced Wednesday. These teams posted multi-year APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort.
“This is awesome news,” said DeLoss Dodds, UT Men’s Athletics Director. “The APR is the best indicator we have today to gauge academic progress towards a degree. Our goal at Texas is for all of our student-athletes to graduate. I am so proud that our student-athletes work hard to excel in the classroom as well as on the playing field.”
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
“I love it when we bat 1.000 in academics,” said Chris Plonsky, UT Women’s Athletics Director. “We’re obviously proud of these teams for their strong academic success, but it’s important to note that all of our teams scored above the NCAA’s APR threshold.”
Multi-year APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced on Wednesday, May 6. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years.