April 24, 2008
Two Florida State athletic teams – softball and men’s golf – have earned Public Recognition Awards from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for earning high scores in the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) compilation. These teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort.
“We are certainly very proud of our softball and men’s golf programs,” Florida State Director of Athletics Randy Spetman said. “This is a tribute to their hard work and dedication not only on the playing field but in the classroom as well. They exemplify the true meaning of student-athlete.”
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 965 to a perfect 1,000.
Multi-year APR scores for all 6,110 Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced May 6. The announcement also will include immediate and historical penalties for low-performing teams.