May 17, 2011
ATHENS, Ohio -
According to the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) report released Tuesday by the NCAA, the Ohio Volleyball program received the NCAA's Public Recognition Award for having a rate that ranks in the top 10 percent of all volleyball programs nationally.
"The academic success of our student-athletes is always a cornerstone priority," said Ohio Director of Athletics Jim Schaus. "The APR is a metric that gives a current snapshot on student-athlete progress toward graduation. I am pleased with the excellence demonstrated by our student-athletes and appreciate their hard work, along with that of our coaches and academic services staff."
Ohio Volleyball is one of 13 teams in Division I that has received the award every year, (Brown, Columbia, Elon, Harvard, IPFW, Lehigh, Northern Iowa, Northwestern, Purdue, Valparaiso, Western Kentucky, Yale), and the only NCAA Division I program to earn the NCAA's Public Recognition Award and qualify for the NCAA Tournament every season for the past six years. In the MAC, only two other women's programs have been honored six years in a row (Kent State Cross Country and Bowling Green Tennis).
"We are very proud of our APR score," Volleyball Head Coach Ryan Theis said. "Obviously, we want to be a winning program on the court, but more importantly, we strive to do things the right way. Our APR score and overall team GPA are strong indicators of our success off the court."
The Academic Progress Rate was developed by the NCAA as a way to encourage academic performance of all student-athletes on all sports teams and reward institutions and teams that achieve academic success. The APR calculates an individual institution's level of academic achievement within its athletic program. Based upon the key factors of athletics eligibility and retention, these elements yield a numerical gauge of a programs' academic performance that can be compared to companion sports within a single program, against conference competitors or to national norms.
Every Division I sports team calculates it's APR each academic year, based on the eligibility, retention and graduation of each scholarship student-athlete.