Aside from their tremendous seasons on the course and on the court, the Ole Miss men’s golf and women’s tennis teams have been honored with the NCAA Public Recognition Award after posting perfect 1,000 marks in the NCAA’s yearly APR reports.
Based on their most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rate, these teams have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for posting scores in the top 10 percent of their sport. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally.
This latest honor marks the third-straight season that the Rebel women’s tennis team has earned the public recognition, as well as the sixth time overall. Senior Arianne Hartono was also recently named a 2018 First-Team Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar.
Additionally, this is the second-straight season that the Ole Miss men’s golf team has been bestowed with the public recognition honor.
Both teams are currently in postseason competition, with the No. 5 women’s tennis team headed to the Sweet 16 at Wake Forest, and the men’s golf team is in the thick of competition at the NCAA Regional in Bryan, Texas, looking to secure their spot at the NCAA Championships.
More than 1,200 teams from 312 Division I schools — including this year’s national champions in men’s and women’s basketball —have been recognized for academic excellence after scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rates.
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 perfect scores. Of the teams recognized, 457 competed in men’s or mixed sports, and 827 competed in women’s sports. APRs for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 985 to a perfect 1,000, and the number of teams posting perfect scores increased to 1,188, marking an increase of 98 teams from last year.
APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 23. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.
The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.
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