Charlotte, N.C. - The Charlotte 49ers Department of Athletics had two teams receive the NCAA Public Recognition Award, based on the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). There most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years. The NCAA named Charlotte’s men’s cross country and men's tennis teams among the programs with outstanding numbers.
“It's great to see our student-athletes being recognized for continued achievement in the classroom and for the culture of academic excellence that we have at Charlotte,” said Lisa Hibbs, Athletic Academic Center Director. “Men's cross country and men's tennis have done a great job over the years performing at a high level academically.”
The NCAA honors teams that earned multi-year APR scores in the top-10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The scores required to be in the top ten ranged from 980 to a perfect 1,000 depending on the sport.
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. Teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.
The men's cross country program appeared on the recognition list for the sixth straight year.
"We are very pleased to see our men's cross-country team recognized for their efforts in the classroom,” said Charlotte 49ers cross country coach Alex Gibby. “As a group, they have done a tremendous job of balancing both halves of the student-athlete commitment and we are excited to see what they can do in the future. They have showed tremendous improvement on the course this season, and did not let that hinder their efforts academically, either."
The men's tennis program appears on the recognition list for the fifth straight year.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our team for earning this award,” said Charlotte 49ers men’s tennis coach Jesse Tarr. “Being a student-athlete is tough. Our program puts an emphasis on academics and our guys make their academics a priority. This is a tremendous accomplishment that our guys have worked hard for.”
Charlotte has had at least one team honored by the NCAA in each of the 11 years of the program.
Eight different programs at Charlotte have been honored by the NCAA for outstanding APR scores, with seven earning multiple-year recognition.