App State Leads Sun Belt with School-Record Five Public Recognition Awards from NCAA

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BOONE, N.C. — App State led the Sun Belt Conference and set a school record with five teams receiving Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA on Tuesday.

The men’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s soccer and women’s tennis programs at App State each received a Public Recognition Award for posting multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in the top 10 percent of their respective sports. The multiyear APRs are based on scores from the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.

In the 15 years of the Public Recognition Awards program, App State’s previous high was four recipients, most recently in 2019. Women’s golf has earned a Public Recognition Award for the seventh straight year, while it’s the fourth straight year with a Public Recognition Award for women’s tennis and women’s soccer. Men’s cross country is a repeat selection, and men’s basketball last received a Public Recognition Award in 2007 (for a multiyear cycle that ended in 2005-06).

“The number of teams earning Public Recognition Awards — including those earning perfect scores — has increased again, demonstrating the commitment member schools and college athletes have made to high academic achievement,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “Congratulations to these teams for their continued academic success.

“I am especially proud of the success in women’s sports. The achievement in women’s athletics is so high that scoring in the top 10% of your sport now requires a perfect score.”

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. In providing a measure of each team’s academic performance, the APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation.

APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 19.