INDIANAPOLIS - Four IUPUI programs were publicly acknowledged by the NCAA on Wednesday (Apr. 13) as being among the nation's elite for Academic Progress Rate (APR). The IUPUI men's golf, men's track, women's soccer and volleyball programs all ranked among the nation's top 10 percent in their respective sports for multi-year APR.
Head Coach Steve Payne's volleyball program was recognized for the fourth time overall and second straight year while Head Coach Chris Johnson's women's soccer program earned a third consecutive honor. Head Coach Chuck Koeppen's men's track team was recognized for the second straight year while Head Coach John Andrews' men's golf program was a first time honoree.
IUPUI's four awards were tops in The Summit League and set a new departmental record (previous was three in 2012-13). The four were also tied for third among the state of Indiana's 10 Division I programs, trailing only Notre Dame and Butler.
"We are committed to achieving academic excellence, and we are pleased to have four programs ranked nationally in the top 10 percent of their respective sports," IUPUI Director of Athletics Dr. Roderick Perry said. "I'm appreciative of the support and effort put forth by our faculty, academic advisors, coaches, staff and most importantly, our student-athletes on a daily basis."
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.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced April 20.
This article was originally published on April 13, 2016 at IUPUIJags.com, the Official Site of IUPUI Athletics.