The Virginia Tech golf, men’s tennis and men’s cross country programs received NCAA Academic Performance Public Recognition on Thursday for being in the top 10 percent academically of all squads in their sport.
The NCAA Academic Performance Public Recognition Awards are released annually as part of the Division I academic reform effort. The awards highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs (Academic Progress Rate) within their respective sports. To receive an award, a team must score in the top 10 percent in their sport based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates. The current award winners include APRs based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.
All three of the Tech programs recognized received perfect APR scores of 1,000 a year ago. The men’s cross country program had scored 1,000 for three straight years, while the golf program had scored 1,000 in back-to-back years. The APR is a scorecard that tracks classroom performance of Division I sports teams, and it takes into account eligibility and retention of student-athletes over a four-year period.
Full APR scores for all teams will be released on June 20.
A total of 58 ACC teams earned NCAA Academic Performance Public Recognition across 26 sports, and the ACC was the only BCS automatic-qualifying league to have every school earn at least one Public Recognition Award. This marks the second straight year all 12 ACC member institutions were recognized with at least one award. In addition, the ACC was the only BCS automatic-qualifying conference to have three football programs earn awards (Clemson, Duke and Miami).
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