June 12, 2013
For the eighth consecutive year, Rice University's intercollegiate athletic teams continue to shine in the NCAA's Division I Academic Performance Program public recognition awards.
|*total includes football|
|Note FIU and North Texas did not have any teams recognized|
Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. 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.
Seven of the Owls 16 sports (43.8 percent) were honored for their efforts in the classroom. Only four schools competing in the NCAA's Bowl Subdivision had a higher percentage of their programs honored by the NCAA. The Owls finished 18th among all schools who field at least one team at the NCAA Division I level, and their total of seven honored teams led all Division I programs in Texas as well as Conference USA.
Rice teams receiving public recognition awards from the NCAA include football, men's golf, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's soccer, women's swimming and women's tennis. It is the seventh-straight annual award for football, while women's cross country and women's swimming have each won the award all eight years of its existence.
Of the 10 FBS programs with at least 30 percent of their teams honored by the NCAA, Rice was one of four to have its football program as one of the honorees, joining Boston College, Duke and Stanford.
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.