Appalachian State University women’s golf has earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award for ranking among the top 10 percent of Division I women’s golf programs nationally in the latest multi-year

Academic Progress Rate (APR) figures, the NCAA announced on Wednesday.



The APR provides a real-time look at a program’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship, accounting for eligibility, retention and graduation. The latest multi-year APR scores include figures from the four-year period beginning with the 2009-10 academic year and ending with 2012-13.


The Public Recognition Award is Appalachian State women’s golf’s first since the NCAA instituted the program in 2004-05. Appalachian is one of only two Southern Conference women’s golf programs to earn the award this year (joining Elon). Other notable women’s golf programs to receive the recognition this year include Brown, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, North Carolina, NC State, Northwestern, Penn, Princeton, Stanford, UCLA, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Yale.


Recognition for academic progress and achievement has long been a staple of Appalachian State’s student-athletes, as at least one Mountaineer team has been honored in eight of the nine years that Public Recognition Awards have been conferred. In the only year that an Appalachian State team did not earn a Public Recognition Award (2011-12), 14 of Appalachian’s 20 varsity programs recorded multiyear APR scores that matched or exceeded the national average for their respective sports and two more scored within two points of their sports’ national averages.


“We’re extremely proud of head coach Heather Brown and her student-athletes for this outstanding achievement,” Appalachian State director of athletics Charlie Cobb said. “It is great to see them rewarded and recognized for their determination to succeed in the classroom. In addition to Coach Brown and our women’s golfers, I’d also like to recognize the efforts of our Learning Assistance Program staff. Their hard work and dedication to our student-athletes is a key component to why our student-athletes have been so successful and will continue to be successful in the future.”