INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Charleston Southern women's golf and women's tennis teams received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for top scores in the classroom, as announced by the NCAA on Wednesday.
The CSU teams were two of 1,200 NCAA Division I teams recognized for outstanding academic achievements, and two of 24 teams in the Big South Conference recognized with the awards.
Public Recognition Awards get handed out based on a sport's multi-year Academic Progress Rate, better known as APR. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally.
The APR measures eligibility, graduation, and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport. Teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason, and they also can face penalties for continued low academic performance. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.
To receive a Public Recognition Award, a team must have an APR in the top 10 percent of its sport.
The actual APR for each Division I team will be released next Wednesday, May 10.