COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State women’s cross country and women’s tennis teams have been honored with public recognition awards for their academic performance, the NCAA announced Wednesday. These awards are given each year to teams scoring in the Top 10 percent in each sport based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR).
“We are immensely proud of the academic success of our women's cross country and tennis teams," Professor John E. Davidson, Ohio State Faculty Athletics Representative, said. "These results reflect not just an extraordinary dedication among the student-athletes to their studies but also a culture valuing academics that is fostered by their coaches and academic counselors. That is a key component in having gained this recognition from the NCAA for so many consecutive years, as these teams have done. But ultimately, it is the student-athletes who put in the work to show that academic and athletic success are by no means mutually exclusive and my hat is off to them.”
The women’s tennis team earns a Top 10 spot for the seventh consecutive year. The women’s cross country team has been recognized seven times since the public recognitions began 10 years ago, including in each of the last three years. For the most recent recognitions, scores required to be in the Top 10 ranged from 983 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport.
In the 12th year of APR data for most teams, the scores provide a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for academic eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.
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