HOUSTON – The University of Houston Women’s Golf and Women’s Cross Country programs earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards, 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 2016-17 academic year.
The Women’s Golf program was selected for the honor for the third consecutive year while Wednesday’s announcement marked the second consecutive year Women’s Cross Country received the honor.
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 985 to a perfect 1,000, with 1,188 teams earning a perfect score.
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.