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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Vanderbilt leads the way in APR report

By Chris Low

Vanderbilt was the lone SEC football program to receive a Public Recognition Award of outstanding classroom performance and graduation success, according to an Academic Progress Rate (APR) report released Tuesday by the NCAA.

The Commodores were among the top 10 percent of football teams in the latest multiyear APR scores, which takes into account measurements from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years. Fourteen FBS teams received public recognition.

In addition to football, Vanderbilt also received special recognition from the NCAA in baseball, men’s cross country, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s bowling and women’s swimming.

"We are not the least bit surprised that we are again the conference leader in the Academic Progress Report and among the leaders nationally," Vanderbilt vice chancellor David Williams said. “We take academic achievement and student-athlete welfare very seriously, so we expect to have a leadership role. That we can provide the Southeastern Conference with nearly 50 percent of its APR leaders makes a statement about how our coaches and our student-athletes value our mission.”

Vanderbilt was one of nine SEC schools that had at least one team to earn public recognition status. No other SEC member had more than three teams recognized.

APR results for all NCAA teams will be released next Tuesday. Teams with an APR below 925 can lose scholarships and face other penalties.