June 14, 2012
For the seventh consecutive year, Rice University's intercollegiate athletic teams continue to shine in the NCAA's Division I Academic Performance Program public recognition awards which were announced on Thursday.
|Note ECU, SMU, Tulsa and UTEP did not have any teams recognized|
|*total includes football|
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.
Six of the Owls 16 sports (37.5%) were honored for their efforts in the classroom. Only four schools competing in the NCAA's Bowl Subdivision have had a higher percentage of their programs honored by the NCAA. The Owls finished 31st among all schools who field at least one team at the Division 1 level, and their total of six honored teams led all Division 1 programs in Texas as well as Conference USA.
"Once again, our scholar-athletes have provided indisputable evidence that dedication to athletic and academic excellence are not conflicting missions," Rice Athletics Director Rick Greenspan said. "They unflinchingly embrace the challenge the minute they step on this campus and willingly accept the task of continuing the legacy that previous generations of Rice athletes have created."
Rice teams receiving public recognition awards from the NCAA include football, men's golf, women's cross country, women's basketball, women's swimming and women's tennis.
Of the ten FBS programs with at least 30% of their teams honored by the NCAA, Rice was one of four to have its football program as one of the honorees, joining Duke, Vanderbilt and Northwestern.
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.