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Tennis, softball teams recognized by NCAA for academics

May 17, 2011

The Arizona State University tennis and softball teams have been recognized by the NCAA for their latest multiyear Academic Progress Rate numbers as being in the top 10-percent in the nation. The ASU women’s tennis team has had a perfect score of 1,000 in each year of the APR measurement while softball sports a 997 score.  

This is the sixth straight year for NCAA APR recognition for the Sun Devil tennis team. The squad has been in the nation’s top 10-percent in each year that the measurement has been in existence.

ASU is tied for fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference with the most teams in the top 10-percent nationally.  

Top Pac-10 Schools with teams in top 10% of APR
1. Stanford
2. California
4. Arizona State

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. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.

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.

Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced at May 24. That announcement also will include immediate and historical penalties for low-performing teams.