Two of Mason's teams, women's swimming and women's volleyball, were recognized as recipients of the NCAA Public Recognition Award, which is based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR). This is the second straight year that both these teams have earned the honor.
The programs posted a four-year APR score in the top 10 percent nationally for their respective sport through the 2011-12 academic year. This year's awards are compiled using the academic and retention rates for the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.
Mason's teams have received the academic honor each year since the inception of the academic reform program nine years ago. Women's tennis leads the way with four awards followed by men's basketball with three.
“I want to congratulate the women's volleyball and women's swimming teams for being leaders in the classroom and achieving this tremendous honor for the second straight year," Director of Athletics Tom O'Connor said. “It is a tribute to their hard work and dedication and Mason Nation should be proud of their accomplishments.”
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 retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced June 11. That announcement also will include APP penalties for low-performing teams, teams subject to postseason ineligibility and head coach APRs.