INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Quinnipiac University's women's cross country, women's indoor and outdoor track & field and women's golf teams were all recognized by the NCAA for continued academic excellence. Based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR), the Bobcats have earned NCAA Academic Public Recognition Awards for posting scores in the top 10 percent of their sport.
"Once again, we are very pleased with our overall continued academic success of all of our teams," Director of Athletics & Recreation Jack McDonald said. "We are particularly proud of our women's indoor track & field and women's cross country teams, who were recognized for the fifth consecutive year. To represent a university with four teams says a lot about our athletic department, not only on the field of play but in the classroom as well."
Women's indoor track & field and women's cross country were recognized for the fifth straight time while the women's outdoor track & field team received its fourth consecutive award. Women's golf was recognized for the second straight year, in just its fourth year of competition.
"Our student-athletes continue to excel on and off the playing surface," Associate Athletic Director for Academic Support Lyneene Richardson said.
Each year, the NCAA honors select Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I 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.
"Speaking on behalf of the faculty, I can only say that we are all proud of the accomplishments of our student athletes in the classroom as well as in competition," Faculty Athletic Representative Sean Duffy commented. "This pride is particularly strong with such persistent and continuous achievement."
Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance 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.
The 1,049 teams publicly recognized by the NCAA 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 ten ranged from 980 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport, with the majority of top 10 teams earning a perfect APR.