Trio of Razorback Programs Earn APR National Recognition

Annette Crawford
May 17, 2018

Eleven of the Bulldogs' 15 Academic Progress Rate-eligible athletic programs received NCAA Public Recognition Awards, placing Gonzaga third nationally at 73.3 percent, according to the NCAA.

Altogether Baylor has received 19 public April awards in seven different sports, including baseball (2007, 2012, 2018), men's basketball (2009, 2018), men's cross country (2006, 2011), men's golf (2010), women's golf (2009, 2010, 2015) soccer (2018) and softball (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018).

"Congratulations to our women's golf, gymnastics and women's tennis programs on being recognized nationally for their academic excellence", Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek said. "Our Student-Athlete Success Program continues its outstanding work with all 24 of our sports and I want to thank them for their tireless dedication to our student-athletes".

Each year, the NCAA honors selected NCAA Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I April. Seven national championship teams so far this year have earned Public Recognition Awards.

The elite level of academic achievement by Wildcats student-athletes surpassed another record-breaking milestone on Wednesday afternoon when Villanova led all Division I schools with the highest percentage of its sport programs earning NCAA Public Recognition Awards. Each scholarship athlete can earn two points per semester toward his or her team's score.


The University of Arkansas has earned a public recognition award in 12 of the 13 years since the program was initiated.

The APR measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes.

Villanova is one of just four Division I schools to have 18 or more teams recognized in Wednesday's announcement and is the only school to have over 80 percent of its programs earn a public recognition award.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The Nittany Lions have won 107 Big Ten championships or tournament titles since capturing their first crown in 1992-93, including conference titles in women's soccer, women's volleyball and wrestling in 2017-18.

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