Seven Davidson Teams Earn NCAA Academic Awards
DAVIDSON, N.C. — Seven Davidson programs have earned Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards, the NCAA announced Tuesday.
In addition, Davidson posted an impressive score of 995 across its 21 sports, which is 11 points higher than the National four-year average of 984, as reported by the NCAA.
The APR measures academic achievement for all Division I programs, and the awards are based on APRs from the 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years.
The public announcement of APRs returned after a one-year hiatus. This spring, the Division I Board of Directors approved the continual suspension of APR penalties for an additional year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; however, it supported the public release of the APR data.
Two Wildcat men’s teams were recognized, including golf and tennis. The women’s basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving and volleyball teams were also honored.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport.
The minimum APR academic standard for each team is 930. Typically, teams that scored below the benchmark would have to face penalties that encourage an emphasis and prioritization on academics. However, due to the current penalty suspension in place, teams will not be subjected to penalties this year. Last year, APR data was not released publicly, and penalties were not assessed.