April 24, 2008
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University women's indoor track team was recognized as part of the NCAA's Public Recognition Awards, the organization announced Thursday.
The honor is given to universities whose multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores are among the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort.
Washington State University's women's indoor track team posted a four-year average score of 991, out of 1,000, and was one of 32 women's indoor track teams honored for its accomplishments.
"This is an outstanding accomplishment by our women's indoor track program and one we are extremely proud of," said WSU Director of Athletics Jim Sterk. "I commend the members of the team for exemplifying the true meaning of student-athlete. It reflects the high quality of character and standards Head Coach Rick Sloan and his staff have in their program."
The APR is an annual assessment of each team's academic and retention history. The APR awards two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic-eligibility standards and who remain with the institution. A team's APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible. Beginning in the fall of 2007, the APR is based on four years of data. Every year thereafter, the most current year's data will be added and the oldest year of data will be removed, creating a four-year rolling rate.
The APR includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in its calculation. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 965 to a perfect 1,000.
The latest APR score takes into account the previous four academic years, this latest score beginning with 2003-04. WSU has registered single-year APR scores of 991 (2003-04), 990 (04-05), 983 (05-06) and a perfect 1,000 for the 2006-07 academic year.
"This fine group of athletes not only performed excellently moving towards graduation here at WSU, but the overall team GPA of 3.35 reflects the commitment to academic performance as a team," said WSU Faculty Athletics Representative Ken Casavant. "The team and coaches should be proud of their accomplishments."
Multi-year APR scores for all 6,110 Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced May 6.