June 7, 2013
Siena's water polo program was one of five at the College to earn a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for posting Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the top-10 percent of their sport across the membership.
"It is a tremendous honor for Siena College to have so many student athletes earn national recognition from the NCAA for their academic achievements." Said Fr. Kevin Mullen'75, O.F.M., Ph.D. "The pursuit of academic excellence is at the core of the Siena College mission. These high-achieving student athletes are bringing that mission to life through their success both in the classroom and on the field of play. Through Living Our Tradition, Siena's Strategic Plan, the College is placing a pronounced emphasis on expanding and leveraging Division I athletics to promote the reputation of Siena College and enhance student engagement. Their academic success is a shining example of why athletics is such an integral part of the Siena College community."
According to the NCAA, which made the public recognition announcement as part of the 2013 Division I Academic Performance Plan (APP) June 5, 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 successful women's golf program was honored for the sixth consecutive season, the men's and women's tennis teams were recognized for a fifth straight year, women's cross country earned the award for the third straight year, and water polo was honored for the first time. Additionally, Loyola's men's basketball program, which was coached by new Siena coach Jimmy Patsos during the years included in the report, was recognized.
"I want to thank the student athletes on the teams that have been recognized for being among the best in the country in the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate score," director of athletics John D'Argenio said. "These student athletes are committed to their education and their academic successes promotes Siena in a positive way."
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced June 11. 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 said. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.
"The NCAA's quintessential student athlete exhibits dedication and commitment both on the playing field and in the classroom," said NCAA President Mark Emmert. "These teams and programs truly embody the overall values of the NCAA, and have exceeded standards to post fantastic academic scores. We are delighted by such a clear example of our membership's commitment to providing well-rounded experiences to student athletes."
The 950 teams publicly recognized by the NCAA this year for high achievement represent 594 women's teams and 382 men's or mixed squads.
"Earning national recognition for consistently superior academic progress is a commendable achievement. Having success in their studies, along with managing the time commitments of playing a Division I sport, highlights the dedication and commitment of these student athletes," said Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda Richardson, Ph.D. "We congratulate the men's and women's tennis, women's cross country, women's golf and water polo teams, their coaches, academic advisors and professors. This is an accomplishment that is celebrated by the entire Siena College community."
Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student athletes on every Division I team through the APR. The annual report of academic achievement measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and is designed to provide a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.