Quinnipiac University's women's golf and women's cross country teams were honored by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards based on multiple-year Academic Progress Rates (APR).
Women's cross country earned its sixth Public Recognition Award in program history, including its fifth consecutive. Women's golf has been recognition for three straight years.
"We are very pleased with our overall continued academic success of all of our teams," Director of Athletics & Recreation Jack McDonald said. "We are particularly proud of our women's cross country and women's golf team who continue to excel not only in their athletic achievements, but also in the classroom as well. We're proud of our student-athletes who have worked hard to be honored."
The NCAA's Public Recogntion Awards are given to teams that have an APR among the top 10 percent in their respective sport. APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from 2010-11, 2011-2012, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.
Each NCAA varsity team is given a score on a scale from 1-1000 (1000 meaning that every individual on that team was academically eligible for the following term and either returned to school or graduated). Individual teams with a score below 925 over a multi-year period are subject to penalties.
The 1,124 teams publicly recognized for high achievement represent 696 women’s teams and 428 men’s or mixed squads, the highest ever in the decade since the NCAA began the Public Recognition Awards program. In 2014, 1,049 teams were recognized, marking an increase this year of 75 teams.