Women's Tennis, Beach Volleyball Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards


One year after eight Rutgers teams were cited by the NCAA for being among the top 10 percent nationally in multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR), Rutgers achieved that same record-total Wednesday when the college athletics governing body released its list of teams recognized for academic excellence after scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR).

Today's announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is meant to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.

Teams earning Public Recognition Awards increased to 1,284, up by 79 from the previous academic year, largely as a result of an increase in flawless scores. The Chippewas have earned a spot in the top 10 in each of the four seasons since the program's resurrection in fall, 2014.

Cross country, tennis, volleyball, golf, lacrosse and gymnastics were among the Rutgers women's programs recognized, while baseball and men's cross country were cited among men's teams.

Women's Tennis became the seventh Razorback program to earn distinction from the NCAA as part of the APR Public Recognition Awards. The latest data is yet another indicator of across-the-board student-athlete success at Villanova. In the 13 years the awards have been presented, Notre Dame six times has produced the most sports honored at the FBS level-finishing second five times, third once and fourth once.

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Women's tennis leads all Nittany Lion squads with 12 NCAA Public Recognition Awards. It accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation each term to provide a clear measure of each team's academic performance. Nine teams earned a 100 percent GSR in the NCAA's 2017 report.

April scores for all Division I teams will be released May 23.

Clemson is the only school in the nation to earn recognition in baseball, men's basketball and football, and the only school in the ACC to be recognized for rowing.