Three Rhode Island Teams Earn NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards

Photo Credit: Michael Scott
Photo Credit: Michael Scott

KINGSTON, R.I. - Three Rhode Island athletic programs were among the more than 1,200 at the Division I level recognized by the NCAA with its Public Recognition Awards for outstanding academic achievements. Men's golf and women's tennis earned the recognition for the second straight year and were joined by the women's basketball team.

The Academic Progress Rates (APR) is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. Since its inception 12 years ago, the University of Rhode Island has had 20 teams earn a prestigious Public Recognition Award.

"This recognition is a tribute to the exceptional work in the classroom by our student-athletes," Rhode Island Director of Athletics Thorr Bjorn said. "Congratulations to the men's golf, women's tennis and women's basketball program for the example they have set when it comes to excellence with their academics. Their work - along with the work of our academic advisor's as well as the professor's at the University - is something to be proud of." 

More than 1,200 teams from 312 Division I schools — including this year's national champions in men's and women's basketball — have been recognized for academic excellence after scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most
recent Academic Progress Rates.

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. Teams earning Public Recognition Awards increased to 1,284, up by 79 from the previous academic year, largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores. Of the teams recognized, 457 competed in men's or mixed sports, and 827 competed in women's sports. APRs for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 985 to a perfect 1,000, and the number of teams posting perfect scores increased to 1,188, marking an increase of 98 teams from last year.

APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 23. The APR 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. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance. The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.