TU's Men's Cross Country, Men's Tennis, Men's Outdoor Track & Field, Women's Swimming rate among NCAA's Top-10 percent
New Orleans – Tulane's men's cross country, men's tennis, men's outdoor track & field and women's swimming programs were each recognized by the NCAA for placing in the top 10 percent in their sports in the latest multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) for the 2011-12 season, it was announced by the NCAA on Wednesday.
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.
All four Green Wave programs registered perfect scores of 1,000 and are repeat selections from the 2010-11 report, and Tulane tied Memphis for the second most sports among Conference USA schools, which saw a record 28 teams from its membership recognized by the NCAA.
"I am extremely proud of all our programs for exemplary academic achievement," Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson said. "This recognition is yet another measure of Tulane's outstanding accomplishments as a conference and national leader."
Full APRs for all teams, including access to postseason play and penalties for low-performing teams, will be released June 11.
A total of 976 teams that were publicly recognized for high achievement represent 594 women's teams and 382 men's or mixed squads. Top performing APRs this year ranged from 978 to a perfect 1,000, with the majority of teams earning a perfect APR.
A total of 268 schools, out of 346 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. Dartmouth College had the most teams (25) recognized, followed by Brown University (20) and Bucknell University (19).
"The NCAA's quintessential student-athlete exhibits dedication and commitment both on the playing field and in the classroom," said NCAA President Mark Emmert. "These teams and programs truly embody the overall values of the NCAA, and have exceeded standards to post fantastic academic scores. We are delighted by such a clear example of our membership's commitment to providing well-rounded experiences to student-athletes."
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 rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-2012 academic years.
For more information on the Academic Progress Rate, please log on to www.ncaa.org.
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