ST. LOUIS – A school-record seven Saint Louis University athletic programs received Academic Progress Rate (APR) NCAA Public Recognition Awards recently.

The programs honored were: women’s cross country, field hockey, women’s soccer, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s track and field and volleyball. The honor, presented annually by the NCAA, is bestowed upon programs with an NCAA Division I APR in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. These programs, in fact, had perfect scores of 1,000.

In addition to the release of the NCAA Public Recognition Award, the Billiken athletic programs averaged an APR score of 988, well above the national average of 981. All but one program exceeded the national average APR in their respective sports.

“These APR scores are a firm example of our department’s emphasis on academic excellence, which is one of our strategic objectives along with competing at the highest level and building community,” SLU Director of Athletics Chris May said. “Being a four-year average, this metric proves that we have a solid system in place to help our student-athletes achieve academic success. I thank the support staff in the athletics department and across the University for the support they give our student-athletes each and every day. Specifically, I would like to express my gratitude to the outstanding SLU faculty who help deliver excellence in the classroom. Most of all, I thank the student-athletes as they continue represent our program at a high level.”

The Billikens have had multiple programs honored with NCAA Public Recognition Awards each year since the program began in 2004. This year’s seven programs that were honored top SLU’s previous high of six in 2011-12.

The APR holds institutions accountable for the academic progress of their student-athletes through a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete for each academic term.

The APR is calculated as follows:

• Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for being retained or graduating and one point for being academically eligible.

• A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate.

• In addition to a team’s current-year APR, its rolling four-year APR is used to determine accountability.

• Teams must earn a four-year APR of 930 or higher to avoid penalties.