June 14, 2012
Three Air Force Academy collegiate athletic programs have been recognized with the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Public Recognition Award, announced today by the NCAA. The football, women's tennis and women's cross country programs were all recognized.
The football program was among 12 nationally sixth recognized Football Bowl Series programs, one of just two in the Mountain West Conference and was the only service academy recognized. This year marks the sixth straight the football program. The women's cross country team is being recognized for the third straight year and is one of just two schools from the MW to be honored. The women's tennis team is receiving the recognition for the first time and is the only school from the conference being honored.
Each year the NCAA honors selects 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. 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 a later date.