NORFOLK, Va. - Five (5) Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) member institutions were honored by the NCAA for earning top scores in the classroom by receiving the NCAA Public Recognition Award.
The award is presented to teams that have posted multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in the top 10 percent of their sport.
“I would like to congratulate the five member institutions for receiving the highest level of academic recognition by the NCAA in their respective sports,” MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas said. “This award is shared with the institutions’ student-athletes, coaches, administrators, academic staffs and parents, who all work together to reach the ultimate collegiate goal of earning a degree. We celebrate these institutions and their achievements and are proud to highlight their continued quest of educating student-athletes for the game of life.”
A total of five teams were included in this year’s list including Bethune-Cookman University (women’s golf); Howard University (women’s cross country); North Carolina A&T State University (women’s bowling), South Carolina State University (women’s golf); and University of Maryland Eastern Shore (men’s tennis).
A total of 275 Division I schools (and seven in other divisions who have a sport competing in Division I) placed at least one team on the top APR list, up 19 from last year. Four of this year’s MEAC recipients were honored last year including Bethune-Cookman, Howard, Maryland Eastern Shore and South Carolina State.
The APR provides a real-time look at the team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance.