Creighton's volleyball, women’s tennis and crew teams earned the APR Public Recognition Award in the NCAA’s latest rankings released Wednesday. To qualify, teams must rank in the top 10 percent nationally in the APR of their sport.
This is the fifth straight year that for volleyball, second straight (and fourth overall) for women's tennis, and first honor for the crew program.
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 2011-2012 academic years.
A perfect score (or graduation rate) is represented by 1,000, while a 925 (50 percent rate) marks the threshold for which the NCAA can impose sanctions on athletic programs.
Full APRs for all teams, including access to postseason play and penalties for low-performing teams, will be released June 11.
“The NCAA’s quintessential student-athlete exhibits dedication and commitment both on the playing field and in the classroom,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. “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.”
Creighton's student-athletes owned a 3.36 cumulative GPA after the spring 2012 semester, the school's highest mark ever.