ORLANDO (UCFKnights.com) – UCF received a pair of prestigious NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards, as the Knights’ football and women's tennis programs earned those honors announced today as part of the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program.
A team must have posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport to be recognized. It's the eighth straight year for the UCF women's tennis program to be feted, while football won an APR award for the third time in four years. This marks the seventh consecutive year that at least two UCF programs have been honored.
The academic successes by those two programs mirror their on-field accomplishments in 2018-19. The UCF football team finished 12-1, played in a second straight New Year’s Six bowl game and won a second straight American Athletic Conference title game (culminating in a 25-game win streak), while the Knights’ women’s tennis squad recently won The American title and is headed for NCAA Championship competition this weekend.
Each year, the NCAA honors selected NCAA Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I 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.
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 current multi-year APR includes the last four reporting periods through 2017-18. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams will be announced May 8 by the NCAA.
Here are the years in which individual UCF sports have received NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards: Women’s Tennis (8)—2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012; Volleyball (5)—2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013; Football (3)—2019, 2017, 2016; Men’s Golf (1)—2018.