April 28, 2008

Two Butler Teams Receive NCAA Public Recognition Awards

April 28, 2008

The women's golf and women's tennis teams at Butler University have received 2007-08 NCAA Public Recognition Awards for their latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. The awards are given to teams that rank in the top 10% of all squads in their respective sports.

Butler was one of four institutions in the Horizon League to have more than one team recognized. Loyola and Valparaiso led the way with five teams, each, while Detroit had three teams honored. Butler also was one of five Division I institutions in Indiana with more than one team recognized, joining Notre Dame (11), Valparaiso, Ball State (2) and IPFW (2).

The NCAA honored a total of 712 Division I sports teams from 192 Division I institutions. The teams recognized represent 11.4 percent of the 6,272 total Division I teams. There were 46 women's tennis teams recognized and 39 women's golf teams.

The APR was developed as a more real-time assessment of a team's academic performance, than the six-year graduation rate calculation. It measures retention and athletic eligibility of athletes. The APR awards two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic eligibility standards and who remain with the institution The team's APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 965 to a perfect 1,000.