SIU Earns NCAA Public Recognition Award

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    May 7, 2014

    NCAA Release

    INDIANAPOLIS - The Southern Illinois softball program earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award on Wednesday for posting an Academic Progress Rate in the top 10 percent of all softball programs in Division I. The honor is for the four-year rolling period that ended in the 2012-13 academic year.

    SIU is the only softball program in the Missouri Valley Conference to earn the recognition since its inception for the 2004-05 academic year, and the Salukis have earned the honor for being in the top 10 percent of softball programs nationally in six of the nine years.

    Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. This year's release will again include recognition in the sport of football by subdivision (i.e., Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision).

    The APR provides a real-time look at a 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.