June 14, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - The University of Maryland men's cross country team was chosen for public recognition Thursday by the NCAA for being among the top 10 percent of programs in the nation in Academic Progress Rates (APR) in its sport.
The public recognition program was developed by the NCAA to acknowledge those varsity teams that are leading the nation in the progress goals set forth as part of the Academic Performance Program.
The Maryland men's cross country team was also among the top 10 percent of the programs in the nation in APR last year, as well as in 2004-05.
"We are proud that the men's cross country program has once again been recognized for its academic success," said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. "We are committed to achieving excellence in the classroom for all our teams and will always strive for improvement in that area."
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. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation, and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
In calculating the APR, each student-athlete who receives athletics aid receives one point for continuing as a full-time student or graduating, and one point for remaining eligible to compete each semester. The maximum number of points a student-athlete can earn in an academic year is four.
A team's APR is the total number of 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.)
Team-by-team APRs for all schools nationally will be released by the NCAA on June 20.
Full information regarding today's release is available at www.ncaa.org.
Material from NCAA.org contributed to this release