Golf Program Receives Academic Honor

Eight Rutgers teams were recognized by the NCAA for their APR scores

Eight Rutgers teams were recognized by the NCAA for their APR scores

We are as focused on classroom achievement as we are with what we accomplish as competitors on the mat.

The NCAA recognized Duke and UNC for having 11 and 10 sports teams respectively among the top 10 percent nationally in Academic Progress Rate (APR).

Today's announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is meant to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.

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The NCAA will release the latest full April data on Wednesday, May 23.

Teams that fail to reach a four-year average April score of 930, which is the equivalent of a 50 percent graduation rate, or a 940 average for the most recent two years, can be penalized. "Our Student-Athlete Success Program continues its outstanding work with all 24 of our sports and I want to thank them for their tireless dedication to our student-athletes".

The men's and women's fencing (2014), women's volleyball (2014) and wrestling (2014, 2016-18) programs have captured NCAA Championships during the past four years.

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Crimson Tide teams have earned the NCAA honor 37 times in the award's 13-year history.

The women's tennis program has been honored 10 consecutive times, while the men's tennis program was recognized for the fifth time and fourth consecutive.

Women's tennis leads all Nittany Lion squads with 12 NCAA Public Recognition Awards.

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The aggregate 2016-17 Academic Progress Rate data for all NCAA Division I institutions will be announced later this month. In addition to women's golf, gymnastics and women's tennis four other programs have previously been recognized. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. "To have nine national champions so far this year - including men's and women's basketball - be among those recognized illustrates that student-athletes succeed athletically and academically".

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