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@BonniesWSoccer, @BonniesXC Lauded by NCAA for Academic Progress Rates

@BonniesWSoccer, @BonniesXC Lauded by NCAA for Academic Progress Rates

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - St. Bonaventure’s men’s cross country and women’s soccer programs have earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for posting scores in the top 10 percent of their sports based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

The Bonnies’ men’s cross country team APR is 1,000, while women’s soccer’s APR is 997. 

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. Teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason, and they also can face penalties for continued low academic performance.  The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport.

The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-2012 and 2012-13 academic years.

“We are very proud of the student-athletes who’ve represented St. Bonaventure in these two sports, as well as the coaches who have recruited and mentored them,” said Director of Athletics Steve Watson. “The NCAA sets a high standard with the APR, so to be recognized in the top 10 percent nationally is noteworthy.”

According to the NCAA announcement, the scores required to be in the top 10 ranged from 980 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport, with the majority of top 10 teams earning a perfect APR. A total of 1,049 teams were publicly recognized -- 631 women’s and 418 men’s or mixed squads.