Seven Teams Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards

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Baylor baseball, men's basketball, softball and soccer teams scored in the Top 10 percent nationally in Academic Progress Rate (APR) in their respective sports.

UCLA's men's cross country, men's volleyball, men's water polo, beach volleyball, women's golf, women's tennis and women's water polo were the teams that received the award.

The mission of the Ole Miss Student-Athlete Development program is to challenge student-athletes to be lifelong learners while pursuing continuous improvement academically, socially, personally and professionally during and beyond their careers as student-athletes.

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In addition, Duke was third among ACC schools, trailing only Notre Dame and Boston College and ahead of North Carolina (10), Clemson (7), Virginia (7), Georgia Tech (5), Louisville (5), Syracuse (5), Florida State (4), Virginia Tech (4), Wake Forest (4), Miami (3), N.C. State (3) and Pittsburgh (3). "I want to congratulate the coaches and student-athletes on those teams for receiving public recognition from the NCAA". The University of Arkansas has earned a total of 23 awards since the start of the APR Public Recognition program.

The women's fencing and men's golf programs earned their first NCAA Public Recognition Award. With honors for seven of their programs this year, the Gophers remain among the nation's best public schools once again.

"With these remarkable Academic Progress Rates, we're executing university leadership's vision of Athletics being a highly visible display of discipline and excellence", said Assistant Athletics Director of Educational Support Services Danya Ellman.

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The academic progress rate is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for Division I sports teams and measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term. Nine teams earned a 100 percent GSR in the NCAA's 2017 report.

Former student-athletes who return to school and graduate can earn a bonus point for their former team applied to the time he or she graduates. The overall April report covering all sports will be released next week. Penn State's 31 NCAA titles since 1992-93 lead all Big Ten Conference institutions.

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