May 17, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- On Tuesday (May 17), the NCAA released its Division I 2009-10 Academic Performance Program Public Recognition Awards, which included six University of Michigan varsity athletic teams -- baseball, women's basketball, men's golf, men's gymnastics, and men's and women's tennis. The award highlights teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes and are among the top 10 percent of their respective sports in the most-recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) report.
Each year the NCAA honors select Division I sports teams who achieve the top APR within their sport by publicly recognizing their latest multi-year rate. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of individual student-athletes on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
Among the 11 Big Ten Conference schools, Michigan's six teams were second only to Northwestern and Penn State, both of which had nine teams recognized.
Multi-year APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced by the NCAA on Tuesday, May 24.