The North Carolina Central University baseball program was recognized earlier this week as a recipient of the APR Public Recognition Award by the NCAA for the school year of 2014-2015. The baseball team posted multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) that ranked in the top 10 percent of programs in their sports to earn the award.
“The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally”. The APR measures eligibility, graduation, and retention each term to provide a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in Division I sports. The APRs are rates based on “scores from the 2011-2012, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years”.
During that time, NCCU baseball received perfect APR scores of 1000, meaning every student-athlete who came to NCCU during those years stayed and graduated. It’s a great achievement, not only for the program but a testament to head coach Jim Koerner his staff and the athletic department. To have the baseball team honored for the successful graduation of student-athletes is outstanding.
North Carolina Central, the only HBCU Division I baseball program to earn a Public Recognition Award this year. The NCAA will release its full report April 20th.