ATLANTA – Georgia State men's soccer, softball and women's golf were acknowledged among the top 10 percent of the teams in the country for their multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) announced by the NCAA on Wednesday.
It marks the third-straight year that softball has been acknowledged among the top 10 percent. Each time program scored a perfect 1,000.
This is the third time softball has been honored, while the first time for men's soccer and women's golf. Eight different Georgia State programs have been recognized since the awards started to be announced.
This year, 1,203 teams are being recognized for academic performance: 746 women's teams and 457 men's teams or co-ed teams. The total number of teams being recognized increased by 132 from a year ago, largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores. Scores for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 984 to a perfect 1,000, with 1,090 teams earning a perfect score.
Each year, the NCAA honors selected NCAA Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. This year's release will again include recognition in the sport of football by subdivision (i.e., Football Bowl Subdivision and NCAA Football Championship Subdivision).
APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 10. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced May 10. That announcement also will include APP penalties for low-performing teams, teams subject to postseason ineligibility and head coach APRs. Georgia State is not expected to have any penalties once again this year.