COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland field hockey and women’s golf teams were honored by the NCAA Wednesday with Academic Performance Program (APP) Public Recognition Awards as a result of outstanding academic performance.
Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Both the Maryland field hockey and women’s golf squads earned multi-year scores as reported in the most recent 2012-2013 APR data ranking them in the top 10% of their respective sports.
“We are very proud of all of our student-athletes, coaches, academic support staff and all who worked to achieve this prestigious honor,” director of athletics Kevin Anderson said. “This honor achieved by the field hockey and women’s golf programs represents their commitment to performing at the highest level in both the classroom and on the field.”
The newly released multiyear APR scores are comprised of data submitted for 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 and 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 eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
In calculating the APR, all student-athletes receiving athletics financial aid are considered "counters" and each semester receive one point for retention/graduation and one point for meeting NCAA and University of Maryland eligibility standards required to compete. The maximum number of APR points a student-athlete can earn in an academic year is four (2 in the fall semester and 2 in the spring semester). A team's APR is the total number of eligibility/retention points earned divided by the maximum number of points possible. This APR number is then multiplied by 1,000. (For example, a team which receives 94 percent of all possible points would have a team APR of 940.)
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced Wednesday, May 14.