June 6, 2013

Seven Butler Teams Receive NCAA Academic Recognition

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler University was well represented when the NCAA released its list of Public Recognition Awards on Wednesday (June 5).  A total of seven Butler teams were honored for achieving a multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top 10 percent of their Division I peers.

Butler teams cited for academic success were men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s tennis, women’s indoor track and field and women’s outdoor track and field.  The seven honored teams were the third-highest total for Butler in the eight-year history of the NCAA academic reform program.

“The NCAA’s quintessential student-athlete exhibits dedication and commitment both on the playing field and in the classroom,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert.  “These teams and programs truly embody the overall values of the NCAA, and have exceeded standards to post fantastic academic scores.  We are delighted by such a clear example of our membership’s commitment to providing well-rounded experiences to student-athletes.”

Butler was one of 61 schools to have one or more teams that have won a Public Recognition Award in eight consecutive years.  The women’s golf and tennis teams at Butler each have won eight awards.   

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 976 teams from 268 schools were recognized by the NCAA.  A year ago, 954 teams were recognized.

Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced on June 11.