Bearcats Recognized for Academic Success in Latest APR Release|
May 17, 2011
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati men's basketball program was publicly recognized by the NCAA, based on its Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the 2009-10 season, the organization announced today.
The Public Recognition Awards are given each year to teams scoring in the Top 10 percent in each sport with their APRs. This is the first time a University of Cincinnati athletics program has been so honored.
In six seasons under head coach Mick Cronin, the Bearcats have gone from academic penalty to academic excellence. When Cronin was hired in 2005, the program faced NCAA penalties for academic performance.
"Congratulations to Coach Cronin, his staff and student-athletes for this tremendous accomplishment and being recognized by the NCAA for their work in the classroom," Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said. "In addition to developing the program on the court, the men's basketball program has achieved great success off the court as well. I'm extremely proud that in a year in which we returned to NCAA postseason play we also were in a distinguished group from an academic standpoint."
Through its innovative APR, which provides an annual scorecard of academic achievement, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I sports team. Full APR scores for all teams, including penalties for low-performing teams, will be released May 24.
The 909 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 14 percent of the 6,385 eligible Division I teams. The list includes 525 women's teams and 384 men's or mixed squads.
A total of 239 institutions, out of 335 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. Another 11 schools that offer athletics in more than one division, out of 52 overall within the NCAA, placed Division I teams on the list as well.
By conference, the Ivy League had the most teams honored (135), followed by the Patriot League (82), the Big East Conference (77), the Atlantic Coast Conference (61) and the Atlantic 10 (56).
Last year, 841 teams were recognized.
In the six years of the NCAA's academic reform program, 1,992 different teams have received Public Recognition Awards, representing 31 percent of eligible sports teams during that time. Of that total, 260 teams have received Public Recognition Awards each of the six years of the program.