The University of Kentucky tied a school record by having three teams — women's cross country, men's golf and men's basketball — 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 2010-11 through the 2013-14 school years, that measure eligibility, retention and graduation.
"I'm proud of what has happened on the court with the Final Fours, national championship and league titles, but I'm just as proud of the commitment our young people make to academics," UK Coach John Calipari said in a news release. "To be honored in this way says a lot about their character and their drive to be lifetime learners. Congrats to Mike Stone and our academic support staff. They're the best in the business."
The APR scores of these teams, along with the scores of every Division I team in all sports, will be released by the NCAA later in May.
UK noted that Wednesday's announcement was a continuation of good academic news. UK athletes have posted an overall grade-point average over 3.0 in each of the last six semesters. On May 9, 62 student-athletes participated in graduation ceremonies, giving UK Athletics a total of 93 graduates for the 2014-15 school year, UK said.
Having three teams earn the APR top-10 award ties the school record set a year ago. It's also the first time that a UK squad has won in four consecutive years, as this marks four in a row for men's golf. Women's cross country has won two years in a row. Men's basketball earned the honor for the second time, also in 2009.
UK tennis player receives academic honor
UK tennis player Aldila Sutjiadi won the NCAA Elite 89 award on Tuesday at the NCAA Championships.
Sutjiadi and teammate Mami Adachi take part in NCAA doubles play starting Thursday.
The Elite 89 Award is presented to the athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships.
A native of Jakarta, Indonesia, Sutjiadi owns a 4.0 GPA, majoring in mathematical economics.
"We ask everyone to give 100 percent in the classroom and on the court, and it is exciting to see that Aldila has been honored on a national stage like this," Coach Carlos Drada said. "She is very deserving of this award."