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Softball Honored By NCAA For Academic Excellence

June 5, 2013


For the third consecutive year, Baylor's softball program has received a public recognition award from the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I Academic Performance Program for having an Academic Progress Rate (APR) score which ranks among the top 10 percent within their respective sport.

It marked the second consecutive year that coach Glenn Moore's softball program registered a perfect APR score of 1,000 and it was again the only Big 12 softball program to receive this honor for academic excellence.

"We are very proud of our student-athletes' performance in the classroom," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "This success is a credit to the dedication of our student-athletes, academic commitment of our coaches and the outstanding work of the student-athlete services staff. Baylor's faculty members also play a key role in the academic success of our student-athletes and are to be recognized for the outstanding job they do in the classroom."

Baylor has now received 11 public APR awards in six sports--men's cross country (2006 and 2011), baseball (2007 and 2012), men's basketball (2009), men's golf (2010), women's golf (2009 and 2010) and softball (2011, 2012 and 2013) since the program was instituted eight years ago.

Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.

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. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

In the latest NCAA APR report, based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years, every Baylor program registered an APR score of at least 962, no teams are subject to penalty and 12 of 17 teams equaled or surpassed their 2012 APR score.

Baylor's sport-by-sport 2013 APR scores are:

Men's Programs: Baseball (990), basketball (965), cross country (984), football (962), golf (988), tennis (973), indoor track (974) and outdoor track (974).

Women's Programs: Basketball (982), cross country (979), golf (992), soccer (985), softball (1000), tennis (987), indoor track (969), outdoor track (971) and volleyball (986).

The NCAA is scheduled to release multi-year APR scores for all Division I sports teams, June 11. That announcement will also include immediate and historical penalties for low-performing teams, as well as APRs for head coaches.



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