Liberty's men's soccer and women's lacrosse teams were among the more than 950 teams honored by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards today. The awards honor teams for their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, and are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport.
Both of Liberty's teams are earning the Public Recognition Awards for the first time.
"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."
The 954 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 560 women's teams and 394 men's or mixed squads. A total of 263 schools, out of 347 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list.
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. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.
Baseball – 961.17 in 2010-11, 959 Multi Year Men's Basketball - 980.39 in 2010-11, 969 Multi Year Men's Cross Country - 1,000 in 2010-11, 949 Multi Year Football - 946.43 in 2010-11, 954 Multi Year Men's Golf - 1,000 in 2010-11, 985 Multi Year Men's Soccer - 1,000 in 2010-11, 1,000 Multi Year Men's Tennis - 961.54 in 2010-11, 980 Multi Year Men's Indoor Track - 962.50 in 2010-11, 941 Multi Year Men's Outdoor Track - 962.50 in 2010-11, 941 Multi Year Women's Basketball - 982.46 in 2010-11, 983 Multi Year Women's Cross Country - 1,000 in 2010-11, 988 Multi Year Women's Field Hockey - No score for either category Women's Lacrosse - 1,000 in 2010-11, 1,000 Multi Year Women's Softball - 964.29 in 2010-11, 992 Multi Year Women's Soccer - 942.53 in 2010-11, 977 Multi Year Women's Swimming - 962.96 in 2010-11, 963 Multi Year Women's Tennis - 1,000 in 2010-11, 975 Multi Year Women's Indoor Track - 968.75 in 2010-11, 976 Multi Year Women's Outdoor Track - 989.36 in 2010-11, 980 Multi Year Women's Volleyball - 1,000 in 2010-11, 984 Multi Year Overall Athletics Department - 970 in 2010-11, 968 Multi Year
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