Six Buckeye Squads Recognized by NCAA for Academic Achievement
June 5, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Six Ohio State teams - football, softball, women's golf, women's gymnastics, women's tennis and women's volleyball - have been honored with public recognition awards, the NCAA announced Wednesday. The Buckeye football squad recorded a score of 982 while the other five Ohio State teams recognized earned a perfect score of 1000. 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).
Each of Ohio State's teams continued to improve their Academic Performance Rates (i.e. APR score) over the most recent four-year average.
"This excellent performance speaks to the commitment of our student athletes toward obtaining their degrees and to the support they receive from their coaches and our terrific academic support staff," Professor John P. Bruno, university faculty athletics representative, said. "This demonstrates our student athletes are successfully balancing academic benchmarks with the challenges of athletic competition."
In the ninth year of APR data for most teams, the scores are a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.
Ohio State joins Northwestern and Wisconsin as the only Big Ten football teams honored. Ohio State was one of two conference softball programs recognized, with the Buckeyes joining four other Big Ten schools on the women's golf list. The Ohio State women's gymnastics team is one of four league schools lauded, while women's tennis and women's volleyball join five and two other programs, respectively, representing the Big Ten.