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UM leads state DI schools in NCAA academic awards

The Detroit News

The Michigan football and men’s basketball teams were among 10 of the university’s athletic programs to receive Division I Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA on Wednesday.

The recognition award goes to teams who posted APR scores in the top 10 percent of all members in their respective sports.

This is the fourth straight year Michigan football has won the award and seventh consecutive year the men’s basketball team has earned the honor. Michigan is the only Big Ten school to receive the award in both football and men’s basketball.

In addition to Michigan football, women’s golf, men’s gymnastics and softball have also earned honors for a fourth straight year. Baseball and women’s cross country have won back-to-back awards, while women’s basketball and men’s and women’s tennis also received the honor.

APR is a measurement that tracks the academic progress of each student-athlete in real time. Eligibility, retention and graduation are used in the calculation, and high-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 977 to a perfect 1,000.

Other state programs to receive the award, which recognizes the 2016-17 academic year:

Michigan State: men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s swimming and diving.

Central Michigan: women’s golf.

Detroit Mercy: men’s fencing.

Eastern Michigan: men’s cross country, volleyball.

Oakland: men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s golf, men’s swimming and diving, volleyball.

Western Michigan: men’s tennis.

Multi-year APRs will be announced next week.