ACADEMIC SPOTLIGHT: EKU Men's Basketball & Women's Volleyball Programs Honored
Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team recieved a coveted NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Award, it was announced recently.
Coach Jeff Neubauer's EKU club is one of only 40 out of 349 men’s basketball teams from across the nation to earn the Public Recognition Award. The Colonels and the University of Louisville are only two men’s basketball teams in the state of Kentucky which earned the award.
In addition, EKU joined Belmont University as the only two men’s basketball teams in the OVC to be recognized.
EKU women's volleyball team also earned the same honor, becoming one of the 24 programs from OVC to received the Public Recognition Award.
Murray State (men's golf) and Morehead State (women's golf, women's outdoor track and women's volleyball) were the other Kentucky schools from OVC which received the same honor.
The Public Recognition Award is given each year to teams that posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. 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.
EKU men’s basketball team also had a perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the 2012-13 academic year, and its multi-year score of 990 is among the top 10 highest scores for men’s basketball teams in the nation.
The Colonels finished last season with a 24-10 record, the second most wins in program history. EKU nearly upset No.2-seed Kansas before losing in its first game of the NCAA tournament in St. Louis.