May 8, 2014
For the second straight year, Siena's men's and women's tennis, women's cross country, water polo and women's golf programs earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for posting Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the top-10 percent of their respective sports across the membership.
"I am proud of all the Siena College student athletes who are being nationally recognized by the NCAA for their academic success," said Siena College President Fr. Kevin Mullen '75, O.F.M., Ph.D. "Siena's mission as a liberal arts college is to foster an environment for students to develop intellectually and prepare for successful careers and fulfilling lives. Our tennis players, women's golfers, women's cross country runners and water polo players are proof that the College's mission is being accomplished. They are achieving in the classroom while also excelling in their respective sports. These talented women and men are shining examples of what it means to be Siena Saints."
According to the NCAA, which made the public recognition announcement as part of the 2013 Division I Academic Performance Plan (APP) May 7, the APR provides an annual scorecard of academic achievement. The Association tracks the classroom performance of scholarship student athletes on every Division I sports team.
Siena's dynastic women's golf program was honored for the seventh consecutive season, the men's and women's tennis teams were recognized for a sixth straight year, women's cross country earned the award for the fourth straight year, and water polo was honored for the second consecutive season.
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.
A total of 42 MAAC programs were recognized by the NCAA.
"The Siena College community congratulates these high-achieving student-athletes for earning national recognition for their academic progress. This wonderful accomplishment is a testament to their ability to manage their commitment to Division I athletics while having success in their academic pursuits," said Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda Richardson, Ph.D. "Living Our Tradition: The Strategic Plan for Siena College emphasizes leveraging athletics to promote the reputation of the College and enhance student engagement. The accomplishments of these student-athletes clearly display the positive impact athletics has on the Siena community."
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced May 14. That announcement also will include APP penalties for low-performing teams, teams subject to postseason ineligibility and head coach APRs. As in past years, you will be notified prior to this public release of scores, postseason ineligibility and penalties.