The NCAA recently recognized four Seattle University's athletic teams for excellence in the classroom. Men's basketball, women's track, women's cross country and women's golf all earned NCAA recognition for having Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the top 10 percent of teams of their sport for the 2014-15 academic year. The APR is based on eligibility, retention and graduation rates and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
The NCAA's announcement is part of its 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. Seattle University had the most teams from the Western Athletic Conference to be recognized by the NCAA for having an APR in the top 10 percent.
"While our student-athletes deserve the credit, this recognition wouldn't be possible without the commitment and dedication of the Seattle University faculty and staff who have worked with our student-athletes to ensure their academic success," wrote David Arnesen, professor of marketing in the Albers School of Business and Economics, chair of the Athletic Advisory Board and faculty athletic representative. "It is the shared desire of the Athletic Advisory Board that we continue to build on this in future years and that each student-athlete, most importantly, is successful in the classroom."