Athletics News

GW Has Four Programs Honored By NCAA

April 24, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - The NCAA released the Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) public recognition awards, and GW has four teams being honored this year: men's soccer, women's rowing, softball and men's swimming & diving. This is men's soccer and women's rowing second public recognition award as they were recognized last year along with women's volleyball.

"I want to congratulate these student-athletes for this outstanding academic achievement," GW Director of Athletics Jack Kvancz said. "We work with all of our varsity programs to ensure they achieve success both in the classroom and on the athletic fields."

The NCAA is honoring a total of 767 Division I sports teams that earned multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years. The public recognition awards are part of the overall Division I academic reform effort.

The Atlantic 10 Conference has 50 of the 767 Division I sports teams being honored and of the 31 Division I conferences, was ranked fifth in the number of teams recognized behind The Ivy Group, Patriot League, Big East Conference, and Atlantic Coast Conference.

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 includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.