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Three ORU Programs Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards

Three ORU Programs Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards

INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA announced its Public Recognition Awards, Wednesday, including three Oral Roberts teams; men's and women's golf and volleyball. It is the second year in a row in which the ORU women's golf team has earned the distinction.

Based on the most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) from the 2013-14 through 2016-17 academic years, these teams have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for posting scores in the top 10 percent of their sport. 

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams.

Teams earning Public Recognition Awards increased to 1,284, up by 79 from the previous academic year, largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores. Of the teams recognized, 457 competed in men's or mixed sports, and 827 competed in women's sports. APRs for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 985 to a perfect 1,000, and the number of teams posting perfect scores increased to 1,188, marking an increase of 98 teams from last year.

"I applaud every program earning a Public Recognition Award this year for their commitment to going above and beyond to prepare students for life after college through academic achievement," NCAA President Mark Emmert said. "To have nine national champions so far this year — including men's and women's basketball — be among those recognized illustrates that student-athletes succeed athletically and academically." 

APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 23. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.

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