Pitt, Penn State recognized for academic achievements

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The Pitt men’s basketball program was ranked among the top 10 percent of Division I teams based on its Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the period between 2009-10 and 2012-13 academic years, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

Eight Penn State teams also received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for earning high scores in the most recent APR compilation.

The eight Penn State squads recognized by the NCAA are men’s cross country, women’s cross country, field hockey, women’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s indoor track and field and men’s outdoor track and field. The NCAA recognized the same eight teams for their academic success a year ago.

This is the third time in four years Pitt basketball has achieved NCAA recognition for being among the top 10 percent in the APR and they are, along with Duke, Notre Dame and Miami, one of four ACC men’s basketball programs to be honored this year. In all, 1,049 men’s and women’s Division I athletic teams were recognized for the top 10 percent achievement.

Earlier this year, Panthers junior guard Cameron Wright earned the ACC’s Skip Prosser Award, honoring the league’s basketball scholar-athlete of the year and Pitt led the ACC for most Academic All-ACC selections with four (Wright, Jamel Artis, Josh Newkirk and Michael Young).

The APR measures academic progress, as well as graduation and retention rates over a four-year period between the 2009-10 and 2012-13 academic years. The NCAA public recognition awards precedes its formal announcement of NCAA Division I team APR scores and penalties, which will be made Wednesday.

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