Auburn women's basketball receives public recognition from NCAA

AUBURN, AL - The Auburn women's basketball team received public recognition by the NCAA for their Academic Performance Rate (APR) score for 2009-10, after posting a multi-year score in the top 10 percentile of all squads in their sport, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

The Auburn women were one of 20 Southeastern Conference sport programs to be recognized by the NCAA.

"We are very proud of the women's basketball team for receiving public recognition from the NCAA," said Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs. "Coach Fortner and her program are to be commended for their commitment, hard work and dedication towards one of our five goals, which is to successfully graduate our student-athletes."

It marks the first time the women's basketball team has received the recognition for being in the top 10 percentile among women's Division I basketball programs.

"I'm extremely proud of our team for their work in the classroom," Fortner said. "This was a team effort and I'm very appreciative my staff, the Student-Athlete Development Center staff and tutors, and our academic counselor Mary Ann Taylor-Sims. We'll continue to encourage our student-athletes to excel in the classroom, on the court and in the community."

The NCAA-developed Academic Progress Rate (APR) is the fulcrum upon which the entire academic-reform structure rests. Developed as a more real-time assessment of teams' academic performance than the six-year graduation-rate calculation provides, the APR awards two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic-eligibility standards and who remain with the institution.

A team's APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible.