The Southeast Missouri gymnastics program earned the NCAA's Public Recognition Award for the third-straight year.
6/5/2013 10:34:00 AM
Gymnastics Earns NCAA Public Recognition Award
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. –
Summer is the time of year that academic honors start pouring in for the Southeast Missouri gymnastics program, and this year is no different.
The Redhawks earned the public recognition award for academic performance from the NCAA on Wednesday. The awards are given to teams scoring in the top 10 percent of the multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR), which is part of the NCAA's academic reform program. The multi-year APR is measured through the 2011-12 academic year.
This is the third-straight year that the gymnastics team has earned this honor. The Redhawks recorded a 3.736 GPA, the highest in the athletic department and second highest among all NCAA gymnastics teams, during the 2011-12 academic year. Each gymnast posted a 3.58 GPA or higher during the year. The gymnastics team improved that mark to a 3.758 GPA during the 2012-13 academic year.
“We are very appreciative of this honor,” Southeast head coach Kristi Ewasko
said. “The award is a reflection of our program's commitment to recruiting quality student-athletes and supporting them through their career. The staff at the Success Center and our administration are dedicated to ensuring a quality education and competitive experience for each student-athlete.”
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The APR awards two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic eligibility standards and who remain with the institution. A team's APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible, multiplied by 1,000. It includes four years (this year's numbers included the school years of 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12). High-performing teams receiving public recognition awards posted APR scores ranging from 978 to a perfect 1,000.
This year, 976 teams (594 women's teams, 382 men's or mixed teams) were publicly recognized for high academic achievement. In all, 268 institutions (out of 346 Division I schools) placed at least one team on the list. Last year, 954 teams were recognized.