June 14, 2012
The University of Minnesota had three teams honored by the NCAA for earning Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate. Golden Gopher baseball and women’s gymnastics posted perfect 1,000 multi-year APR scores, while women’s basketball held a 995 rate. Along with the APR score, all three teams posted team grade point averages of above 3.0 in 2010-11.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
The three Minnesota teams were grouped into 954 programs recognized this year for high achievement. Baseball was one of 394 men’s teams nationally, while women’s basketball and women’s gymnastics was two of 560 women’s teams recognized. 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.