May 12, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS - For the second straight year, the University of Maryland women's lacrosse team was chosen for public recognition by the NCAA for being among the top 10 percent of programs in the nation in Academic Progress Rates in its respective sport.
The Maryland women's lacrosse team, which is the No. 1 seed for the upcoming NCAA Tournament, earned a perfect multiyear rate of 1,000 over the four years the academic data was tracked in this spring's report.
Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear APR. 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.
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 earns 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 by the maximum number of points possible. The percentage is then multiplied by 1,000.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced by the NCAA at a later date.
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