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Iowa baseball, men's golf teams honored with naitonal academic honor

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Two athletic teams from the University of Iowa were honored for their academic achievement recently.

The Hawkeye baseball and men’s golf programs were among 1,047 NCAA Division I teams across the nation that ranked in the top 10 percent of their sport in the 2014 multi-year Academic Progress Rate.

The APR measures eligibility, graduation, and retention each semester or quarter, and provides a clear picture of academic performance for each team in each spot at each NCAA Division I institution. The APR scores released this spring are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13 academic years.

APR scores for every D-1 school will be released May 14. Teams must meet certain academic threshold to qualify for postseason competition, and teams can face penalties for low academic performance.

“At the University of Iowa, our student-athletes are committed to winning, graduating, and making a positive contribution to our community. Clearly, the student-athletes in our baseball and men’s golf programs are to be commended for the exceptional academic achievement,” said Gary Barta, the UI’s director of athletics.

Iowa’s last honorees for top 10 APR success among their peers were the UI’s men’s cross country, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, and softball teams. That group was honored in the spring of 2010.

Of the 1,049 teams recognized, 631 were women’s teams and 418 were on the men’s side.

The APR measures eligibility, graduation, and retention each semester or quarter, and provides a clear picture of academic performance for each team in each sport at each NCAA Division I institution. The APR scores released this spring are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13 academic years.

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