May 13, 2010 2:19 AM
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Five Air Force Academy collegiate athletic programs have been recognized with the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Public Recognition Award, announced today by the NCAA. The football, wrestling, women's swimming and diving, women's cross country and women's outdoor track programs were all recognized for achievement in the classroom.
Air Force's five programs are the most among teams in the Mountain West Conference. The football program was among 26 nationally recognized programs while wrestling was among 10, women's swimming and diving 19, women's indoor track 35 and cross country 42. All five programs were the only ones recognized from the Mountain West Conference and Western Wrestling Conference while football, wrestling, women's swimming and diving and women's indoor track were the only service academy programs mentioned in the report.
Each year the NCAA honors selects Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear APR. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who 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.
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.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced at a later date.