May 7, 2014

Islanders Golf Receives APR Public Recognition Award

CORPUS CHRISTI – The Texas A&M – Corpus Christi golf team has received an APR Public Recognition Award for its perfect score in the NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate, the organization announced today. The Islanders posted a perfect score of 1000, their third consecutive year achieving that milestone.

"It's outstanding that our women's golf team has earned this honor for the third year in a row," Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby said. "Coach Blackmar has done a great job of putting together a program that the university and Corpus Christi communities can be proud of for their hard work in the classroom."

The Islanders are one of just three current Southland Conference programs to earn a Public Recognition Award in the latest release, which is based on data from the 2009-10 through 2012-13 academic years. Northwestern State men's basketball and Central Arkansas volleyball are the other two. The NCAA annually honors teams earning multiyear Academic Progress Rates in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. It is the fifth time overall that the women's golf program has earned the award, doing so in 2004-05 and 2005-06 in addition to 2010-11 and 2011-12.

"We take pride in living by the Islanders Way, and our performance in the classroom is a big part of that," head coach Carol Blackmar said. "We're proud to be publicly recognized by the NCAA for finishing in the top 10 percent of all college golf teams."

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 rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-2013 academic 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 on scholarship.  The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. Full APRs for all teams will be released at a later date.