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INDIANAPOLISThe NCAA is honoring three of Virginia’s intercollegiate athletic teams with public recognition awards for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores. The teams are women’s soccer, softball and volleyball. The teams earned the awards by posting multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all teams in their respective sports. The NCAA is honoring more than 700 Division I teams for the achievement.

“As I’ve indicated in the past, it’s clear in our athletics department mission statement and 10-year goals that we expect and value academic achievement,” said Virginia Executive Associate Director of Athletics Jon Oliver. “We are pleased with the academic achievement of these teams and congratulate them on the recognition they’ve earned for themselves, the department and the University.”

The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort. The 712 teams recognized this year represent 192 of the 329 Division I colleges and universities. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.

“Congratulations to these teams and their student-athletes for success in the classroom,” said NCAA President Myles Brand. “They are setting a great example for their peers and future student-athletes, as well.”

The list of teams recognized this year includes 401 women’s teams and 311 men’s or mixed squads.

Multi-year APR scores for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced May 6. The announcement also will include immediate and historical penalties for low-performing teams.

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