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OVC teams lauded for classroom work

OVC teams lauded for classroom work

Posted: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 12:00 pm

BRENTWOOD — Eighteen Ohio Valley Conference teams were among those who received public recognition awards for top academic performance from the National Collegiate Athletic Association last week.
The awards are given to teams scoring in the top 10 percent of the multi-year Academic Progress Rates, which is part of the NCAA’s academic reform program.
The 18 awards are the second-most awards the league has earned in the seven-year history of the awards (OVC teams earned 22 awards in 2004-05). In total, eight different OVC member institutions earned at least one award, up from five a year ago.
The 18 OVC teams honored include six from SIUE (men’s cross country, women’s soccer, softball, women’s tennis, men’s indoor track and field and men’s outdoor track and field), three each from Eastern Illinois (men’s golf, women’s golf and women’s tennis) and Murray State (men’s golf, women’s golf and men’s tennis), two from Tennessee Tech (women’s golf and softball) and one apiece from Eastern Kentucky (men’s tennis), Jacksonville State (women’s tennis), Morehead State (women’s volleyball) and Southeast Missouri State (men’s cross country).
In addition, Belmont University, who officially joins the OVC July 1, had seven of its teams earn a public recognition award (baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s golf, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and women’s tennis).
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 APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The APR awards two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic eligibility standards and who remain with the institution.
A team’s APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible, multiplied by 1,000.
It includes four years (this year’s numbers included the school years of 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 and 2010-11).
High-performing teams receiving public recognition awards posted APR scores ranging from 978 to a perfect 1,000.
This year 954 teams (560 women’s teams, 394 men’s or mixed teams) were publicly recognized for high academic achievement.
In all, 263 institutions (out of 347 Division I schools) placed at least one team on the list. Last year 909 teams were recognized.
Multi-year APR scores for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced on June 20.
That announcement will also include immediate and historical penalties for low-performing teams.

Published in The Weakley County Press 6.19.12

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