WCU Men’s Golf Receives APR Public Recognition Award
Cullowhee, N.C. - The Western Carolina men’s golf team was one of 22 Southern Conference programs in 11 different sports representing nine conference members to earn the annual APR Public Recognition Award from the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) on Wednesday.
The award is given to athletic teams ranking in the top 10 percent of Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores within Division I in their respective sports. The most recent APR score is based on the scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17 academic years or cohorts.
The public recognition awards are part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and are 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.
Under the direction of third-year head coach Tim Eckberg, Western Carolina men’s golf was one of two programs in the league honored, joined by Mercer in receiving the public recognition. ETSU led the way with four programs in total recognized.
From the official NCAA release, the APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. Teams earning Public Recognition Awards increased to 1,284, up by 79 from the previous academic year, largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores. Of the teams recognized, 457 competed in men’s or mixed sports, and 827 competed in women’s sports. APRs for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 985 to a perfect 1,000, and the number of teams posting perfect scores increased to 1,188, marking an increase of 98 teams from last year.
APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 23. 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.