Women's Basketball, Gymnastics, Women's Tennis Receive NCAA Recognition

UC Davis Athletics

June 6, 2013

DAVIS, Calif. – UC Davis women’s basketball, gymnastics and women’s tennis each received a Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rates from the NCAA, it was announced on Wednesday.

The NCAA presents Public Recognition Awards on an annual basis to teams whose APRs are among the top 10 percent of all teams in their respective sports. Comprised of both student-athlete retention and eligibility, APR calculations help measure classroom performance of all student-athletes.

UC Davis has had at least two teams receive the awards during each year the NCAA has presented the recognition.

The 2011-12 academic year marks the sixth straight occasion that UC Davis women’s tennis was recognized by the NCAA. Ranked second among all Aggie athletics programs, gymnastics and its three awards (also received consecutively) trails only women’s tennis. This is the first year that women’s basketball received national accolades.

Of the 10 Big West teams acknowledged, the Aggies and Cal State Northridge led the conference with two awards apiece. UC Davis was the only Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women’s gymnastics team honored, one of nine squads from the league’s 99 sponsored teams to receive a Public Recognition Award.

“The NCAA’s quintessential student-athlete exhibits dedication and commitment both on the playing field and in the classroom,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert in a statement. “These teams and programs truly embody the overall values of the NCAA, and have exceeded standards to post fantastic academic scores. We are delighted by such a clear example of our membership’s commitment to providing well-rounded experiences to student-athletes.”

The 976 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 594 women's teams and 382 men's or mixed squads.

Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The rate measures, eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.

Full APRs for all teams will be released by the NCAA on June 11.