Cross country, tennis, volleyball, golf, lacrosse and gymnastics were among the Rutgers women's programs recognized, while baseball and men's cross country were cited among men's teams. "Coach Tramel, his student-athletes and the hard-working academic advisors in the Buck Harless Student-Athlete Program are worthy of this recognition for a job well done".
Women's tennis leads all Nittany Lion squads with 12 NCAA Public Recognition Awards.
The women's tennis program has been honored 10 consecutive times, while the men's tennis program was recognized for the fifth time and fourth consecutive. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. This year marks the first year in which the baseball program has been honored with a Public Recognition Award.
The Maryland cross country and tennis programs were recognized Wednesday as part of the 2018 NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program.
The University of Arkansas has earned a public recognition award in 12 of the 13 years since the program was initiated.
April is the NCAA statistic that measures academic performance within athletics by accounting for eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term. Of the 64-team women's tournament, Gonzaga was one of 15 honored. Nittany Lion students, who have captured 26 Big Ten Championships and a conference-best seven NCAA titles since the 2013 fall semester, consistently have been among the nation's most successful in earning their degrees. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally.
Each student receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for remaining eligible. Penn State ranks No. 4 among all Division I schools with 200 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans all-time, including Emily Ogle (women's soccer) and Haleigh Washington (women's volleyball) during the 2017 fall semester.
Villanova is one of just four Division I schools to have 18 or more teams recognized in Wednesday's announcement and is the only school to have over 80 percent of its programs earn a public recognition award.