Volleyball is among the 85 teams that have earned Public Recognition Awards every year of the 13-year old program and an even more select group that has never lost an April point.
Both programs posted flawless four-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores of 1.000 and rank inside the top 10% nationally in their sports. The Chippewas have earned a spot in the top 10 in each of the four seasons since the program's resurrection in fall, 2014. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. Swimming and diving was one of five programs, a school record, recognized in 2011-12 joining men's golf, men's tennis, gymnastics and volleyball.
Air Force had nine athletic programs recognized today by the NCAA for their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR).
The other Duke programs recognized were men's and women's fencing, men's and women's soccer, field hockey, men's golf, women's lacrosse, women's cross country, women's tennis and volleyball.
The programs earned a ideal 1,000 multiyear April rate based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.
Critics point out that judging academic success and paying hefty April bonuses to administrators and coaches for keeping athletes eligible doesn't accurately measure the quality of their academic experience and can lead to other problems.
The NCAA did not recognize N.C. State for being among the top 10 percent, and its sports teams' scores have not been released.
UTSA now has received 11 Public Recognition Awards in the 13-year history of the program, including seven in the last two years.
Softball has been recognized seven times in the last eight years with the honor, while soccer received its first April public recognition award. "Their academic achievement is a testament to the dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and staff in our continued focus on student-athlete success".
The University of Arkansas has earned a public recognition award in 12 of the 13 years since the program was initiated.
Specific scores for all teams will be released May 23.
April is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. The Nittany Lions have won 107 Big Ten championships or tournament titles since capturing their first crown in 1992-93, including conference titles in women's soccer, women's volleyball and wrestling in 2017-18.
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