Golf Program Receives Academic Honor

A pair of University of Arizona sports teams have earned flawless scores in the latest NCAA Academic Progress Report.

The Coastal Carolina women's tennis and beach volleyball teams have received the Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for demonstrating academic excellence after scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rates (APR), it was announced Wednesday.

The latest data which was revealed on Wednesday spanned the 2013-14 through 2016-17 academic years and showed a number of different areas in which Villanova ranks at or near the top of all Division I programs for the continued academic success of its student-athletes. The University of Arkansas has earned a total of 23 awards since the start of the APR Public Recognition program. Of the teams recognized, 457 competed in men's or mixed sports, and 827 competed in women's sports.

As recently as 2015, the Rutgers football ranked No. 12 nationally in multi-year April but failed to land in the top 10 percent for the third straight year. The spring academic semester which just concluded was the 30th consecutive semester in which Wildcats student-athletes maintained a collective grade-point average above a 3.0, and the seventh straight semester in which the GPA for student-athletes was higher than a 3.2.

Softball has been recognized seven times in the last eight years with the honor, while soccer received its first April public recognition award. The nine recognitions for women's golf is a program record. 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.

The Arkansas Gymnastics program was honored with an NCAA Public Recognition Award for the fourth time. This year marks the first year in which the baseball program has been honored with a Public Recognition Award.

The school said in a press release on Wednesday that five of its teams had flawless scores over the most recent four years that were used in the calculation.

April is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. It measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport.

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

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