The University of Kentucky broke a school record by having four teams — men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s cross country and mixed rifle — receive awards for their Academic Progress Rate scores, the NCAA announced Wednesday.
The teams placed in the top 10 percent of Division I schools in their respective sports. The APR measures progress toward a degree. The APR scores are a four-year composite, covering the 2011-12 through the 2014-15 school years, that measure eligibility, retention and graduation.
The APR scores of these teams, along with the scores of every Division I team in all sports, will be released by the NCAA in May.
Having four teams earn the APR top-10 award breaks the school record of three set the past two years. The men’s golf team has been honored with a top 10 percent award five years in a row. Women’s cross country has won three years in a row. Men’s basketball was honored for the second year in a row and third overall, also doing so in 2009.
The University of Louisville also had four teams earn top 10 percent awards: Men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf and women’s lacrosse.
Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State each had two teams earn the honor: Women’s golf and women’s volleyball. Western Kentucky’s winners were women’s tennis and women’s volleyball. Murray State’s rifle team was also recognized.