Published on May 17, 2018 by Joey Mullins  
womens basketball

Three Samford University teams have received public recognition awards for the 2016-17 academic year from the National Collegiate Athletic Association.  The NCAA released its public recognition awards Wednesday for the teams that finished in the top 10 percent of all Division I teams in their respective sports in the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) report. 

“Finishing in the top 10 percent is a tremendous achievement for these teams, and we congratulate each of them,” Samford Associate Athletics Director for Academics and Compliance Harold Goss said. “We are extremely proud of the hard work each of our student-athletes puts in, both academically and athletically every year.” 

Samford teams that received the public recognition awards are men’s cross country, men’s tennis and women’s basketball. Having three total teams recognized ties Samford for the second-highest total in the Southern Conference. 

These teams posted multiyear APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads nationally in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of a broad Division I academic reform effort. 

With the three teams earning recognition this year, Samford has had at least two teams earn the award in each year of the 13-year existence of the APR. 

APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 23. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance. 

The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

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Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.