June 11, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee's Academic Progress Rates (APR) were announced on Tuesday and the softball team was one of nine UT teams to post a 2011-12 APR of 1000.
The Academic Progress Rate, 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 Lady Vols were just one of four SEC softball teams to post a perfect APR of 1000 for the 2011-12 academic year. The other schools were Alabama, Arkansas and Florida.
Strong academic performance continues to be a hallmark of the Tennessee softball program. During the 2012-13 academic year, which is not reflected in this APR score, the Lady Vols combined for their best academic semester in program history with a combined fall 2012 GPA of 3.42. Senior Raven Chavanne was named the Capital One Academic All-American of the Year for softball while juniors Ellen Renfroe and Madison Shipman each earned Academic All-America second-team honors. Seniors Chavanne, Melissa Brown and Whitney Hammond also received the Tennessee Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Scholarship this past April.