INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- The NCAA recognized more than 1,200 Division I teams for outstanding academic achievements including CSU Bakersfield beach volleyball and volleyball for a perfect two-year APR score.
CSUB and UCLA are the first beach programs in the nation to be recognized for the accomplishment.
Based on their most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rates, 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.
This year, 1,203 teams are being recognized for academic performance: 746 women's teams and 457 men's teams or co-ed teams. The total number of teams being recognized increased by 132 from a year ago, largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores. Scores for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 984 to a perfect 1,000, with 1,090 teams earning a perfect score.
“NCAA student-athletes and schools continue to achieve unprecedented levels of academic success,” said Mark Emmert, NCAA president. “We commend these programs for their commitment to academic excellence and dedication to preparing student-athletes for life after college.”
CSUB beach volleyball and indoor volleyball are the first CSUB teams to receive public recognition for finishing in the top 10 of their respective sport. Many of the student-athletes competing for CSUB beach volleyball also compete on the indoor volleyball team.
APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 10.
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 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.
Information from a press release on NCAA.com was used in this report.