Wednesday May 7, 2014Three UF Teams Earn NCAA Recognition for Academic Success
The University of Florida menís basketball, womenís basketball and softball programs have been publicly recognized by the NCAA for their outstanding academic performance, with Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in the top 10 percent nationally within their sport. This marks the third consecutive year the softball team has received the honor and the second straight for womenís basketball.
Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, with the intent 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.†
Floridaís menís and womenís basketball teams were the only SEC team in their sport to be honored, while the UF softball team was one of two recognized (Tennessee) in the conference.
This recognition adds to already impressive academic accomplishments by those programs. The menís and womenís basketball teams placed a combined 13 players on the SEC Academic Honor Roll this season, including an SEC-record eight on the menís side. The SEC Academic Honor Roll for spring sports has not yet been announced, but last seasonís list included five Gator softball players.