April 22, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The University of Maryland women's lacrosse team was chosen for public recognition Wednesday by the NCAA for being among the top 10 percent of programs in the nation in Academic Progress Rates in their respective sports.
The women's lacrosse team earned a perfect multiyear rate of 1,000 over the four years the academic data has been tracked in this report.
"This is a great honor for our program," head coach Cathy Reese said. "We really strive to be excellent on-and-off the field and this recognition speaks volumes for the hard work and dedication our players have put forth."
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 APR is an index developed by the NCAA to provide, by team, a real-time snapshot of student-athlete retention and eligibility performance of all Division I institutions. Also allowed are bonus points for student-athletes returning to graduate. The APR is part of a larger system package, the NCAA Academic Performance Program, which was mandated by the NCAA Board of Directors to improve the academic performance of athletic teams.
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 next month.
Full information regarding today's release nationwide is available at www.ncaa.org.