CHARLESTON, S.C. - For the third consecutive year, the Charleston Southern women's golf and women's tennis teams have received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for top scores in the classroom, as announced by the NCAA on Wednesday.
The CSU teams joined a Big South Conference record 32 athletic programs that were honored for their latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. It was the fifth consecutive year the Big South established a new record and the 11th overall double-figure total in the 14 years of the NCAA's academic reform program.
The awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport and the current results are based through the 2017-18 academic year. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams.
Of the Big South's 17 eligible sports (the NCAA combines indoor track & field and outdoor track & field into one category), 12 received recognition -- tied for the most sports honored in league history. Women's golf earned the overall league-lead with seven programs honored. It is the 12th time that women's golf had the most honorees. Below is the Big South's breakdown by sport
Women's Golf (7) – Campbell, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, Longwood, Presbyterian, UNC Asheville, Winthrop
Women's Cross Country (5) – Campbell, High Point, Liberty, Longwood, Presbyterian
Women's Tennis (4) – Charleston Southern, Liberty, Presbyterian, UNC Asheville
Volleyball (3) – Campbell, Liberty, UNC Asheville
Men's Tennis (2) – Campbell, UNC Asheville
Men's Cross Country (2) – Campbell, Presbyterian
Women's Basketball (2) – Radford, UNC Asheville
Women's Soccer (2) – Presbyterian, UNC Asheville
Women's Lacrosse (2) – Campbell, Liberty
Men's Golf (1) – Gardner-Webb
Women's Track & Field (1) – High Point
Men's Basketball (1) – Gardner-Webb
Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The score honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear APR (the most recent APRs are based on scores from the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years).
This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. By measuring eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of academic performance in each sport.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams will be announced on May 8.