May 7, 2014
For the ninth consecutive year, Rice University's intercollegiate athletic teams continue to shine in the NCAA's Division I Academic Performance Program public recognition awards
|Note UTSA and North Texas did not have any teams recognized|
Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
Five of the Owls 16 sports (31.3%) were honored for their efforts in the classroom, which were the most by any member of Conference USA. Only eight schools competing in the NCAA's Bowl Subdivision had a higher percentage of their programs honored by the NCAA.
Rice teams receiving public recognition awards from the NCAA include Women's Basketball, Women's Cross Country, Men's Golf, Women's Soccer, Women's Tennis. The women's cross country team has been honored in each of the nine years of the program.
The Academic Progress Rate (APR) was introduced in 2005 as a more real-time assessment of teams' academic performance than the prior six-year graduation-rate calculation provided. The APR awards two points per semester to student-athletes who meet academic eligibility standards and remain enrolled at an institution. A team's APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible. Teams that finished in the top 10 percent of the rankings for their respective sport receive public recognition awards
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