June 14, 2012
Siena's men's and women's cross country, men's and women's tennis, 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. It's the second straight year all five programs were recognized.
"One of the objectives of the College's current Strategic Plan, "Living our Tradition", is to leverage athletics to help promote the academic reputation of the College," director of athletics John D'Argenio said. "These five programs help us meet that objective. The students have shown a commitment in the classroom, and deserve this recognition."
According to the NCAA, which made the public recognition announcement as part of the 2012 Division I Academic Performance Plan (APP) this morning, 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.
"I think there is a direct correlation between what it takes to succeed in the classroom and on the course," Siena College Student of the Year, and Capital One Academic All-District Women's Cross Country First Team selection Meghan Yi '12 said. "As a Siena student athlete, you practice and train hard every day, but we also strive to do our best in the classroom. It's about making meaningful lifestyle choices, and getting the most out of your education. I'm proud to have been part of a program that emphasizes athletics and academics."
Both cross country teams were recognized for a second straight year, the men's and women's tennis teams were honored for a fourth straight year, and Siena's dynastic women's golf team was honored for the fifth consecutive season.
"This is truly a great accomplishment," head women's tennis coach Andy Christodoulou said. "Our student athletes have always dedicated themselves to getting a quality education at Siena. The skills we work on each day at the tennis courts directly relate to what they learn in the classroom. We learn how to work as a team, manage stress, deal with adversity and persevere without losing focus."
"We find that the discipline required to be a successful student goes hand-in-hand with the discipline required to be a successful distance runner," head cross country coach Alison Wade said. "Our student athletes take on challenging majors and always put their academics first. We are proud of, but not surprised by, their accomplishment."
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced June 20. That announcement will include penalties for low-performing teams, teams subject to postseason ineligibility and head coach APRs.
By measuring eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport, according to NCAA President Mark Emmert. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.
"These teams prove that it is possible to not only balance academic and athletic commitment, as most student athletes do; but to exceed standards and post outstanding academic scores," Emmert said. "The drive and determination shown in the classroom and on the field by these men and women represent what it means to be an NCAA student-athlete."
The 954 teams publicly recognized by the NCAA this year for high achievement represent 560 women's teams and 394 men's or mixed squads. In 2011, 909 teams were recognized.
In seven years of the NCAA's academic reform program, 2,946 different teams have received Public Recognition Awards, representing 46 percent of eligible teams during that time. Of that total, 209 teams have received Public Recognition Awards each of the seven years of the program.
Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The score measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.
"I'm very fortunate to have been a part of such an accomplished team," tennis standout Jasleen Sandhu '12, who posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in the spring semester said. "The Siena women's tennis team has been able to earn this recognition for multiple years because of the support our coaching staff and athletic department provide, both on and off the court."