HOUSTON – The University of Houston Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Golf programs each earned the NCAA's Public Recognition Award, the NCAA announced Wednesday. The award honors programs with Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in the top 10 percent of their respective sports through the 2015-16 academic year.
The Men’s Cross Country program was selected for the honor for the fourth consecutive year while Wednesday’s announcement marked the second consecutive year Women’s Golf received the honor.
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Based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate, these teams have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for posting scores in the top 10 percent of their sports. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally.
The scores required to be in the top 10 ranged from 984 to a perfect 1,000, with 1,090 teams earning a perfect score.
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.