June 5, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss men's golf team earned a perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 1,000 for the 2011-12 academic year.
It is the second straight year that the gold team has earned the honor.
"I am proud or my guys for staying the course and doing what is expected when coming to college," said Southern Miss head coach Jerry Weeks. "It just really makes me proud that they have accomplished that goal."
Southern Miss was one of 56 men's golf teams nationally who are receiving the APR Award.
Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. This year's release will again include recognition in the sport of football by subdivision (i.e., Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision).
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.