INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Four Bradley University intercollegiate athletic teams were recognized by the NCAA Wednesday for posting a multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) among the top 10 percent in the country in their respective sports.
Bradley is one of 62 NCAA Division I institutions and one of two Missouri Valley Conference schools to have at least one team recognized in each of the eight years of the NCAA’s APR Public Recognition Award. The women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf and women’s tennis teams earned the distinction and were among 976 NCAA Division I teams and 21 squads from the Missouri Valley Conference.
“We are proud of the student-athletes for their continued academic success and would like to acknowledge the combined efforts of the student-athletes, coaches, faculty and support staff which resulted in this national recognition,” said Associate Athletic Director for Academics and Student Welfare Jen Jones.
The Bradley women’s tennis team is the only program in the Missouri Valley Conference to claim the APR Public Recognition Award each of the eight years of the program, while both the women’s cross country and women’s golf teams were both recognized for the fourth consecutive year. The Bradley women’s basketball team garnered the award for the second time and was one of two MVC women’s basketball teams honored.
Bradley tied Evansville for second in The Valley with four team awards, behind Northern Iowa’s league-high five selections. No other Valley institution had more than two honorees. The NCAA will release full APR scores June 11.
Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The score measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.