BALTIMORE - According to the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) report released by the NCAA, the Coppin State women's tennis program received the NCAA's Public Recognition Award for the second consecutive year for having a rate that ranks in the top 10 percent of all women's tennis programs nationally.
"During my tenure at Coppin State, the academic success of our student-athletes has always been a priority," said Coppin State Director of Athletics Derrick Ramsey. "For our women’s tennis team to earn a perfect APR score for the second consecutive year is a testament to our student-athletes, the coaching staff and the academic services staff."
The Coppin State women's team earned a perfect 1000 score on the APR scale during the 2010-11 academic year and was one of 93 women's programs across the country to be honored.
"We are very proud of the fact that we have been honored with the Public Recognition Award for the second straight year," Women's tennis head coach Diwani Lewis
said. "We continue to stress the importance of academics on a daily basis and our student-athletes have responded to that challenge."
The Academic Progress Rate was developed by the NCAA as a way to encourage academic performance of all student-athletes on all sports teams and reward institutions and teams that achieve academic success. The APR calculates an individual institution's level of academic achievement within its athletic program. Based upon the key factors of athletics eligibility and retention, these elements yield a numerical gauge of a programs' academic performance that can be compared to companion sports within a single program, against conference competitors or to national norms.
Every Division I sports team calculates it's APR each academic year, based on the eligibility, retention and graduation of each scholarship student-athlete.