Indianapolis, Ind. - The Butler University women's basketball, women's golf and women's tennis teams received national attention for their academic accomplishments on Wednesday (April 22) afternoon, as the programs earned 2008-09 NCAA Public Recognition Awards for their latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. The awards are given to teams that rank in the top 10 percent of all programs in their respective sports.
Butler was one of just three schools in the Horizon League to have at least three teams presented with the award. Loyola and Valparaiso each had six teams on the list, Cleveland State boasted two and Detroit, Green Bay, Milwaukee and UIC all featured one.
The NCAA honored a total of 767 teams from 205 Division I institutions, representing 11.9 percent of the approximately 6,484 Division I programs. A total of 41 women's basketball teams, 47 women's golf teams and 58 women's tennis teams were recognized nationally.
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 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 976 to a perfect 1,000.