Creighton's women's basketball, women's volleyball, women’s tennis and men's tennis 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 sixth straight year for volleyball and third straight (and fifth overall) for women's tennis. For both men's tennis and women's basketball, it's the fifth overall recognition, but first since 2007-08 for each.
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 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 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 May 14th.
Creighton's student-athletes owned a 3.33 cumulative GPA after the fall 2013 semester.