HUNTSVILLE – The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Report earlier in the week with a pair of Sam Houston State teams coming in among the top programs in the country in their respective sports.


Bearkat Volleyball and Women’s Cross Country were each recognized by the NCAA as being in the top 10 percent of teams across the country in their sports in APR, which is the NCAA’s measurement of tracking academic progress of student-athletes.


It is nothing new for either squad with the Bearkat volleyball team earning the recognition for the third consecutive year, and the women’s cross country team doing so for the fourth straight year.


Since the 2010-11 academic year, Sam Houston State Athletics has had 14 teams earn public recognition for its APR ratings.


Each year, the NCAA honors selected NCAA Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate. 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. 


Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. This year’s release will again include recognition in the sport of football by subdivision (i.e., Football Bowl Subdivision and NCAA Football Championship Subdivision).
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.