Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (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.
The Stetson University Athletics program is proud to have had seven of its teams on the list for public recognition in recent years. That list includes men’s and women’s cross country and women’s volleyball for the most recent years, 2013-14.
It is the second straight year for men’s cross country and volleyball to be recognized, and the third consecutive year for women’s cross country.
Other Stetson programs to have received recognition in recent years are men’s golf (2008-09, 2009-10), women’s rowing (2004-05, 2005-06), women’s soccer (2009-10) and women’s tennis (2012-13).
Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
“Receiving this recognition from the NCAA for our teams is a testament to the dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and staff to putting the student first,” Hatters Director of Athletics Jeff Altier said. “The demands that are placed on our student-athletes – from academic achievement, conditioning, practice and competition – are incredible. The fact that so many of our students are able to achieve excellence in the face of these many demands is remarkable.
“It is our mission at Stetson to provide all of our students, athletes and non-athletes, an experience that will lead them to a life of significance. The life lessons our student-athletes receive will only expand the opportunities for success after their collegiate experience comes to an end.”
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.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced May 27.