The USC Upstate volleyball program has received a public recognition of excellence in the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program (APP) for having its multi-year NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top 10 percent of all competing institutions.
Each year, the NCAA honors Division I programs for excellence in multi-year APR performance. The recognition is part of NCAA Division I’s academic reform efforts and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving top APRs within their respective sports. APRs not only track academic performance of the members of respective teams, but also the retention of the student-athletes at competing institutions from enrollment through graduation.
The multi-year distinction is an average of the previous four years. During the course of the four-year average, a perfect score is 1,000. Upstate volleyball owns a perfect 1,000 average in the previous four years ending in 2013-14 (the latest reporting year), which places the program in the top 10 percent of all Division I women’s volleyball programs.
“I am extremely proud of Jennifer’s ongoing commitment to academic excellence within the volleyball program,” said Upstate Athletic Director Lee Fowler. “Her teams perform at the top of our department academically every year and it is clear that academics is a priority within the program. The APR within the Academic Performance Program is a key instrument in determining the commitment of our coaches and the department to recruit and retain quality student-athletes. The volleyball program is being recognized today and I am proud of the emphasis our student-athletes and coaches place on academics at Upstate.”
Achieving high academic marks is nothing new to the volleyball program. Under the direction of head coach Jennifer Calloway, the program regularly receives team academic awards from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The program also turns in some of the highest average team GPAs in the athletic department. Just last fall, the team averaged a 3.492 GPA and that came on the heels of eight consecutive semesters with a team GPA of 3.3 or better.
The NCAA is honoring the top 10 percent of APR achievers in each sport in its release today and will release complete team data for every team at every institution on May 27.