Three Appalachian State University athletic programs — men’s cross country, field hockey and football — have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for ranking among the top 10 percent nationally in their respective sports in
the latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, the NCAA announced on Thursday.
The APR provides a real-time look at a program’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each scholarship student-athlete. The APR formula accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance. Programs earning the latest Public Recognition Awards have compiled multi-year APRs that rank among the top 10 percent in their respective sports over a four-year period beginning in 2007-08 and ending in 2010-11.
The award is a first for Appalachian State’s football program and the first for any Southern Conference gridiron squad since Furman and Wofford earned the distinction in 2006-07. Of the 14 NCAA Division I FCS schools to receive the prestigious recognition on Thursday, Appalachian is the only to offer a full allotment of 63 football scholarships and the lone public institution. Eight of the 14 hail from the academically esteemed Ivy League. The Mountaineers have boasted the SoCon’s highest APR for four-straight years (2007-08 through 2010-11) while also winning the conference championship each season under head coach Jerry Moore.
Field hockey continues its impressive academic performance by earning a Public Recognition Award for a fourth-straight year. The program owns a perfect multi-year APR score of 1,000, meaning that every scholarship student-athlete that has been a part of the program over the last four years has remained at Appalachian State and in good academic standing under head coach Brandi Alexander Kist.
Men’s cross country also boasts a perfect multi-year APR of 1,000, a feat made even more impressive by the fact that it also won SoCon championships each year during the four-year span. The Public Recognition Award is a first for the program under head coach Michael Curcio.
“These Public Recognition Awards are an outstanding honor for Appalachian State University,” director of athletics Charlie Cobb said. “To be recognized for academic achievement along with schools like Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Notre Dame is an accomplishment that our entire University can be very proud of.”
“The student-athletes deserve most of credit for their hard work and dedication in the classroom but this achievement also speaks volumes to what Jean Roberts, Kim Sherrill, John Sevier, Jonathan Reeder and Sharon Trivette of the Learning Assistance Program do for Appalachian, what associate athletics director Jay Sutton does as our department’s liaison with the LAP and to the caliber of student-athletes that our coaches are recruiting,” Cobb continued.
2010-11 NCAA PUBLIC RECOGNITION AWARDS
(presented to programs with multi-year APR scores that rank among top 10 percent nationally in their respective sports)
William & Mary
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
Cal State Northridge
Long Beach State
Sam Houston State
Southeast Missouri State
St. Francis (N.Y.)