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Four UTSA Athletics programs recognized for academic excellence

Four UTSA Athletics programs recognized for academic excellence

(May 16, 2018) -- UTSA’s women’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf and volleyball programs received Public Recognition Awards for academic excellence after scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rates (APR), the NCAA announced today.

Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear APR. The award recognizes teams with APRs in the top 10 percent nationally in each sport. The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years. All four UTSA programs achieved a perfect score of 1,000 during that timeframe.

UTSA’s men’s golf and volleyball programs are repeat winners, while this is the second overall Public Recognition Award for the women’s golf program.

“This recognition is a wonderful indicator of our commitment to cultivating scholar athletes at UTSA,” President Taylor Eighmy said. “I commend these student-athletes for their full dedication to both their academics and their team. My congratulations also to their coaches and other members of our athletics staff. Their support is vital to student success.”

“We’re very proud that four of our programs received the Public Recognition Award from the NCAA,” Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Lisa Campos said. “To rank in the top 10 percent nationally is a huge accomplishment. This honor is a credit to the dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and support staff.”

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. 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. It 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.

UTSA now has received 11 Public Recognition Awards in the 13-year history of the program, including seven in the last two years.

UTSA’s NCAA Public Recognition Awards:

2011-12: women’s golf
2013-14: women’s tennis
2014-15: women’s cross country, women’s tennis
2015-16: women’s cross country, men’s golf and volleyball
2016-17: women’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, volleyball

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