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Southeast's women's gymnastics team earned a APR Public Recognition Award for its academic success in 2009-10
Southeast's women's gymnastics team earned a APR Public Recognition Award for its academic success in 2009-10
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May 17, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (NCAA) - The Southeast Missouri women's gymnastics team earned a Public Recognition Award, based on its multi-year Academic Progress Rates. These awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with their APRs.

The Redhawks achieved a Southeast Department of Athletics best 3.89 cumulative grade point average with 13 of its student-athletes earning perfect 4.0 GPAs during the 2009-10 academic year.

Southeast's women's gymnastics team also won the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women National Academic Team Championship three of the last four years. The Redhawks finished second for that prestigious honor a year ago.

"Congratulations to our student-athletes, Coach Ewasko and her staff," said Southeast Director of Athletics John Shafer. "They have shown that you can be a champion in the classroom and in the gym."

The NCAA is honoring 909 Division I sports teams for their high marks academically.

Through its innovative APR, which provides an annual scorecard of academic achievement, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I sports team.

Full APR scores for all teams, including penalties for low-performing teams, will be released May 24.

NCAA President Mark Emmert said top-performing teams this year posted APR scores ranging from 977 to a perfect 1,000. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on the number of perfect scores.

"Most student-athletes excel at balancing their academic and athletics commitments, yet each year there are those who perform at extraordinary levels," Emmert said. "By achieving the highest levels of academic success as a team, these young men and women truly embody what it means to be a successful NCAA student-athlete."

Four national champions from the 2009-10 season are included in this year's award list: Duke University men's basketball; Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan campus, women's bowling; University of Michigan men's gymnastics; and University of Denver women's skiing.

By measuring eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport, Emmert said. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.

The 909 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 14 percent of the 6,385 eligible Division I teams. The list includes 525 women's teams and 384 men's or mixed squads.

For the first time with its public recognition awards, the NCAA is separating the sport of football by its bowl and championship subdivisions.

A total of 239 institutions, out of 335 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. Another 11 schools that offer athletics in more than one division, out of 52 overall within the NCAA, placed Division I teams on the list as well.

For the sixth consecutive year, Yale University had the most teams (23) recognized, followed by Brown University (22) and Dartmouth College (21). By conference, the Ivy Group had the most number of teams honored (135), followed by the Patriot League (82), the Big East Conference (77), the Atlantic Coast Conference (61) and the Atlantic 10 (56).

Last year, 841 teams were recognized.

In the six years of the NCAA's academic reform program, 1,992 different teams have received Public Recognition Awards, representing 31 percent of eligible sports teams during that time. Of that total, 260 teams have received Public Recognition Awards each of the six years of the program.


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