NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Three Iona College athletics programs were publicly recognized by the NCAA for outstanding academic performance for their multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. The Gaels' golf, women's basketball and outdoor track programs were recognized as part of the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program.
The Public Recognition Awards are given to teams scoring in the top 10 percent of their sport with their APR scores. Each year, the NCAA tracks classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team, with the APR serving as the "annual scorecard." The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention. The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the 2008-09 season through the 2011-12 academic years.
Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear APR. This announcement is a continuation of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.
Women's basketball earned its fourth straight public recognition award while golf earned its second straight and women's outdoor track its first ever honor.
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.
A total of 38 programs in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and 954 in the NCAA as a whole were recognized.