May 12, 2010
ATHENS, Ohio - According to the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) report released Wednesday afternoon, the Ohio volleyball squad earned the NCAA's Public Recognition Award for having a rate that ranks in the top 10 percent of all volleyball programs nationally.
"Obviously, we're thrilled for our student-athletes, the program and the department," said Ohio head coach Ryan Theis. "It's special to be recognized for our hard work in the classroom and the type of program that we run."
The Bobcats had three student-athletes named to the Mid-American Conference All-Academic team this season (Ellen Herman, Sue Jacobi and Michelle Jantsch) after claiming their sixth league title in the last seven seasons and appearing in the program's seventh-straight NCAA Tournament.
"We're very proud of the exemplary work that our student-athletes are doing in the classroom," said Ohio Director of Athletics Jim Schaus.
The latest APR scores were determined by analyzing data from the 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years. Full APR scores for all Division I sports teams will be released later this spring.
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 its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility, retention and graduation of each scholarship student-athlete.