NCAA recognizes Auburn for academic achievement

May 7, 2014

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn Athletics had two teams, men’s golf and men’s cross country, receive NCAA Public Recognition Awards for placing in the top-10 percent in the most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in their respective sports, as announced Wednesday. Both teams scored a perfect 1000 APR.

"We’re certainly proud of our men’s golf and men’s cross country teams for posting a perfect APR score four years in a row," said Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs. "This is an impressive accomplishment that demonstrates a real commitment to excellence in the classroom."

The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport.
The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-2012 and 2012-13 academic years.

“These two Auburn teams have an academic performance over the last four years that exceeds the academic performance of 90 percent of the teams they compete against athletically,” said Dr. Gary Waters, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academic Services. “Both of these teams have a perfect multi-year score of 1000. Our student-athletes, their parents, the Auburn coaching staffs, and everyone who has the pleasure to work with these student-athletes should be very proud of this significant academic achievement.”

The 1,049 teams publicly recognized for high achievement represent 631 women’s teams and 418 men’s or mixed squads. In 2013, 976 teams were recognized. The scores required to be in the top-10 ranged from 980 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport, with the majority of top-10 teams earning a perfect APR.

APRs for all Division I teams will be released May 14. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally. Teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason, and they also can face penalties for continued low academic performance.

Click here for the list of 146 teams that have earned Public Recognition Awards every year.