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Courtesy: WMU

Three WMU Athletic Teams Earn APR Award

Courtesy: Mat Kanan, director of athletic media relations
Release: 06/05/2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Women's tennis leads a group of three Western Michigan teams to earn an APR Award representing the Top 10 percent in the nation according to the Academic Progress Rate.

Men's tennis and women's soccer joined WMU women's tennis as the three teams to earn the award based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate. These awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent plus ties in each sport.

For the Bronco women's tennis program, this is the second-straight year to land in the top 10 percent and the fourth time since the APR Award began in 2004-05.  This is the first such acknowledgement for both the WMU men's tennis and women's soccer programs.  This past semester, women's tennis (3.65) and women's soccer (3.59) boasted the second and third highest team GPAs, respectively, at Western Michigan.

The 976 teams publicly recognized for high achievement represent 594 women’s teams and 382 men’s or mixed squads.

Top performing APRs this year ranged from 978 to a perfect 1,000, with the majority of teams earning a perfect APR.

“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.”

A total of 268 schools, out of 346 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list.
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