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Big 12 Record 26 Teams Earn NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards
May 17, 2011
The NCAA has announced its most recent list of Public Recognition Awards and a Big 12-record 26 teams have been recognized.  The total marks the most for the league since the first year the NCAA began the program (2004-05), when the conference had 24 squads honored.

The awards are based on the most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates for teams.  These awards are given each year to squads scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with their APRs.  Through its innovative program, which provides an annual scorecard of academic achievement, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I sports team.   Full APR scores for all teams, including penalties for low-performing teams, will be released May 24.

NCAA President Mark Emmert said top-performing teams this year posted APR scores ranging from 977 to a perfect 1,000. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on the number of perfect scores.

“Most student-athletes excel at balancing their academic and athletics commitments, yet each year there are those who perform at extraordinary levels,” Emmert said. “By achieving the highest levels of academic success as a team, these young men and women truly embody what it means to be a successful NCAA student-athlete.”

By measuring eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport, Emmert said. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.

To view the entire NCAA database, click here.

NCAA Public Recognition Awards – Big 12 Teams (2009-10)
Baseball – Texas
Men’s Basketball – Kansas, Texas
Men’s Cross Country – Baylor, Kansas
Men’s Golf – Colorado, Oklahoma State, Texas
Men’s Tennis – Texas
Softball – Baylor, Missouri, Texas
Women’s Basketball – Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma
Women’s Cross Country – Kansas, Nebraska
Women’s Golf – Kansas State, Missouri, Texas
Women’s Gymnastics – Missouri
Women’s Swimming & Diving – Missouri
Women’s Tennis – Colorado, Texas
Women’s Indoor Track & Field – Texas
Women’s Outdoor Track & Field – Texas

Big 12 Annual Team Totals - NCAA Public Recognition Awards
2009-10: 26 Teams
2008-09: 18
2007-08: 14
2006-07: 15
2005-06: 18
2004-05: 24

(The program began with the 2004-05 season)

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