Mason Men’s Basketball Honored with NCAA Academic Recognition Award

Posted: May 13, 2010 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: May 12, 2010 at 4:32 pm

The following information is from Mason Athletics

The Mason men’s basketball team has earned a Public Recognition Award from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for earning high scores in the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) compilation.

Mason men’s basketball earned the honor for a second consecutive year. The program posted a four-year APR score in the top 10 percent nationally for the sport through the 2008-09 academic year.

The most recent APR scores are multiyear rates based on the scores from the 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 academic years. The public recognition awards are part of the overall Division I academic reform effort.

“The NCAA APR program is a priority at Mason,” Director of Athletics Tom O’Connor says.

“Achieving success on and off the court takes a tremendous amount of dedication and hard work, and we salute the student-athletes, the academic support staff and [Coach] Jim Larranaga and his basketball staff on this honor.”

The Patriots men’s basketball is one of 37 NCAA D1 men’s basketball programs to receive this award, and one of two from the Colonial Athletic Association, the other being Drexel. Men’s basketball matched its 995 score from last year after increasing the score in each of the previous three years.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.

Based on their most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rates, 841 teams have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards, up from 767 teams last year. The teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 13.4 percent of the 6,297 eligible Division I teams. The list includes 492 women’s teams and 349 men’s or mixed squads.

High-performing teams receiving public recognition awards this year posted APR scores ranging from 978 to a perfect 1,000. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on how many achieved perfect scores.

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