Four Virginia Tech teams receive NCAA Public Recognition Award

Tanya Simon
May 17, 2018

In order to earn the flawless 1.000, each program posted ideal single year scores of 1.000 for the academic years of 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017. The University of Arkansas has earned a total of 23 awards since the start of the APR Public Recognition program.

"Congratulations to our women's golf, gymnastics and women's tennis programs on being recognized nationally for their academic excellence", Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek said. "To rank among the top 10 percent of programs in the nation, in their respective sports, is a remarkable accomplishment".

The APR is a measure to track a student-athlete's chances of graduating. Those are men's basketball, women's soccer, men's cross country, men's track and women's tennis. The women's golf program has also been exceptional on the course winning a school-record seven tournaments in 2017-18.

"We're very proud that four of our programs received the Public Recognition Award from the NCAA", Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lisa Campos said. The women's golf squad, led by Denise St. Pierre, is next among Penn State squads with six NCAA Public Recognition Awards. GT golf is one of only 85 programs that has earned all 13 Public Recognition Awards. Flood was the Rutgers coach for the first 2 1/2 years of that four-year span.

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Among those teams were UNC's basketball team, which received a ideal 1,000 April score, and Duke's football team.

Last November, the NCAA released its annual national graduation rates study, which revealed that Penn State student-athletes tied the school record by posting a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 90 percent compared to the 86 percent average for all Division I institutions for students entering from 2007-08 through the 2010-11 academic year. APRs for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 985 to a ideal 1,000. Only once before has Tech received five NCAA Public Recognition Awards for a single academic year - 2008-09 (baseball, men's cross country, women's cross country, golf and volleyball).

The University of Arkansas has earned a public recognition award in 12 of the 13 years since the program was initiated.

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