April 24, 2008
The Eastern Washington University men's cross country team has been presented with a public recognition award from the NCAA for its top-notch multi-year Academic Progress Rate score. The squad ranked in the top 10 percent of all NCAA Division I men's cross country teams in the country.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 965 to a perfect 1,000.
The Eagle men's cross country team has recorded a multi-year APR score of 1,000.
"Congratulations to these teams and their student-athletes for success in the classroom," NCAA President Myles Brand said. "They are setting a great example for their peers and future student-athletes, as well."
Multi-year APR scores for all 6,272 Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced May 6.
A complete list of honored teams may be found at http://www.ncaa.org/wps/portal/home?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connect/NCAA/Academics+and+Athletes/Education+and+Research/Academic+Reform/APR/2007-08_public_recognition_by_sport.html.