TAMPA – The University of South Florida softball, women’s tennis and men’s tennis programs have been honored by the NCAA with public recognition awards for having scores in the top-10 percent of their respective sports in the latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR). All three posted perfect scores of 1,000 in the newest report, which reflects rates from the 2008-09 season to 2011-12.
“We’re ecstatic that these programs have elevated themselves academically to receive this special recognition,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Woolard. “This type of success in the classroom is a credit to our student-athletes, coaching staffs and student-services department. We continue to strive to be competitive both academically and athletically and these programs are a strong testament to that goal.”
Women’s tennis is receiving its third-straight public recognition award after also being honored in 2009-10 and 2010-11, while softball is being recognized for the third time since 2004 (2005-06 and 2006-07). Overall, USF has had 16 programs publically honored for posting top-10 percent scores nationally since the beginning of the NCAA academic reform program in 2004.
APR provides a real-time view of a team’s academic success by tracking the progress of each student-athlete during the school year. By measuring eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
The full APR release with scores for every team in the NCAA will be released on June 11.