AUBURN, Ala. – A record number six Auburn Athletics teams posted perfect 1000 APR scores for the four-year cohort ending in 2014-15, earning them an NCAA Public Recognition Award for ranking among the top 10 percent nationally. The Auburn teams honored include men’s and women’s cross country, women’s basketball, women’s golf, gymnastics and women’s tennis.
Auburn’s six teams ties with Vanderbilt for the most in the Southeastern Conference, and are the most of any team in the State of Alabama in the past five years.
“To know our student-athletes in these sports are outperforming 90 percent of their peer group demonstrates an everyday commitment to excellence,” Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs said. “Success in the classroom starts and ends with our student-athletes and their hard work. These outstanding results, which are the best in program history, support our goal of Auburn University becoming the best school for the best athletes. Academic excellence will enable our student-athletes to achieve their goals and dreams.”
This is the third consecutive honor for men’s cross country and second for women’s cross country.
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 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.
The 1,071 teams publicly recognized for high achievement include 649 women’s teams and 422 men’s or mixed squads. This year, schools combined the indoor and outdoor track and field teams into one team score, which slightly reduced the overall number of teams earning Public Recognition Awards.
APRs for all Division I teams will be released April 20. 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.