June 11, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee announced Academic Progress Rates (APR) for its athletics teams on Tuesday, and women's golf is one of three UT programs that received an APR Public Recognition award for posting a multi-year APR score in the top 10 percent nationally. This is the fourth consecutive year the program has earned this distinction.
Lady Vol golf recorded a perfect multi-year APR score of 1000, covering 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years. The program also posted a perfect 1000 during the 2011-12 year.
This past spring, the women's golf team was recognized as the Women's Scholar Athlete Team of the Year at the Seventh Annual Volscars. Recent graduates Sara Monberg and Erica Popson also were among 20 Tennessee student-athletes honored with the Chancellor's Citations for Outstanding Scholarship.
Along with the women's golf program, Rowing and Women's Tennis also ranked in the top 10 percent in their sports nationally with their APR scores.
Lady Vol golf is one of nine Tennessee teams to post a 2011-12 APR of 1000 which includes Men's Golf, Men's Tennis, Softball, Rowing, Women's Tennis, Women's Indoor Track, Women's Outdoor Track, and Volleyball. As announced on May 23, UT student-athletes posted a cumulative GPA of 3.05, the highest since 2003, the earliest year for which sport-by-sport data is available. A record 115 student-athletes were named to their respective Dean's Lists, and 10 programs recorded a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The APR, now in its ninth year, measures the eligibility and retention of scholarship student-athletes competing on every Division I athletics team, measuring progress toward degree while also serving as a predictor of graduation success. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the most recent four-year period, encompassing the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.
The APR is based on each student-athlete having the opportunity to earn two points during each regular academic term of full-time enrollment (e.g., fall semester). One point is awarded if the student-athlete is academically eligible to compete the following regular academic term (or has graduated). The other point is awarded if the student-athlete returns to the institution as a full-time student the next regular academic term or graduates from the university. The APR is calculated by adding all points earned by student-athletes over the past four academic years and dividing that number by the total possible points that could have been earned. That number is then multiplied by 1,000.