RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Women's Basketball program earned a NCAA Academic Performance Public Recognition Award on Wednesday for posting a perfect four-year Academic Progress Rating score of 1,000.
VCU's honor stems from multiyear rates based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years. The Rams placed in the top 10 percent of all Division I teams.
"I'm proud of coach O'Boyle and our entire coaching staff for putting such a premium on academics. A large amount of credit also goes to our academic support staff. We have put a lot of resources into the area but the people make it work," said Vice President and Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin.
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.
"Our coaching staff is committed to our student-athletes succeeding in the classroom and on the court. We take great pride in the hard work our student-athletes put into their studies. We're also proud of the support and resources that our coaches, academic services and staff provide on a daily basis," said head coach Beth O'Boyle.
Each year, the NCAA honors selected NCAA Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate. 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.
APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 23.