INDIANAPOLIS -- A total of three Cleveland State University athletic teams have received Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA, in an announcement made Wednesday. These three teams posted multiyear APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.
The Cleveland State cross country program, the women's basketball team and the women's golf program each earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA.
"We are extremely proud of our cross country, women's basketball and women's golf programs for their outstanding achievement in APR," Cleveland State Director of Athletics Scott Garrett. "Our student-athletes are highly motivated and continue to receive tremendous support from the coaches and staff at Cleveland State University. I am excited about the environment of academic excellence we have fostered and look forward to seeing our number of APR Public Recognition Awards grow in the future."
The Cleveland State cross country program has earned the award in 14 consecutive years, which dates back to the first year that the NCAA initiated Public Recognition Awards in 2004-05.
"We definitely stress the student in student-athlete," said Cleveland State cross country head coach Jason Hudson. "It's an expectation within our team that we perform well in the classroom, but we certainly don't take it for granted. Our team works diligently to ensure we are successful in the academic realm and it's a goal of mine to have our team finish with the highest grade-point average in the department."
The Cleveland State women's basketball team earned its third consecutive honor having also earned multiyear awards in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
"When we recruit student-athletes to Cleveland State, one of our priorities is that they will achieve at a high level in the classroom," said CSU head women's basketball coach Chris Kielsmeier. "The previous staff did an outstanding job of bringing in student-athletes who excel academically. Our goal is to not only continue that strong tradition, but to enhance our academic performance."
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester 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 987 to a perfect 1,000.
Since the NCAA began honoring athletics programs in 2004-05, Cleveland State has had 12 teams receive public recognition a total of 52 times.
Cleveland State has had at least three teams earn public recognition in eight consecutive years. Eight Viking teams earned public recognition n 2012-13, six teams earned the honor in 2013-14 and five teams were recognized in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2015-16.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced May 8.