Michigan men's and women's basketball among 4 programs to earn APR Public Recognition Awards
The Michigan men's and women's basketball programs sit near the head of the class.
At least in the NCAA eyes.
Michigan's men's and women's hoops squads, along with the school's men's and women's tennis teams, earned Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Awards on Thursday, per an NCAA release.
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This year's award marks the first ever for the Michigan basketball program. The honor has been bestowed upon programs since the 2004-05 athletic campaign.
For the women's basketball program, 2010-11 award marks the third consecutive season the team has earned the honor. The women's tennis program has now earned seven straight awards, while the men's tennis team has now received the award for three straight academic seasons.
The department's four APR Public Recognition Awards is down two from a year ago, when women's tennis, women's basketball, men's tennis, men's gymnastics, men's golf and baseball captured the honor.
The Michigan football program has never received the honor.
The only other Big Ten men's basketball program to earn the honor this year was Purdue. Ohio State and Northwestern were the only two Big Ten football programs to earn the honor for the honor in 2010-11.
The Academic Progress Rate (APR) is defined by the NCAA as "a term-by-term measure of eligibility and retention for Division I student-athletes that was developed as an early indicator of eventual graduation rates."
Failure to maintain a score of 925 can result in the loss of scholarships or further sanctions from the NCAA.
The full NCAA APR report is scheduled to be released on June 20.