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Ole Miss Volleyball Earns Third Consecutive Academic Progress Rate Award

The Ole Miss volleyball team set numerous records last fall in their first year under head coach Steven McRoberts, and Wednesday they were recognized among the elite academic programs in the country in volleyball with the NCAA’s announcement of the public recognition awards. The Rebels received the prestigious honor for their latest Academic Progress Rates (APR).

Head coach Steven McRoberts photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics
Head coach Steven McRoberts photo courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics

The teams that are recognized posted multi-year APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. The Rebels posted a perfect 1000.

Volleyball earned the award for the fourth time and third year in a row. The Rebels are one of 71 Division I programs and only three SEC teams to earn the recognition.

“The Academic Progress Rate is a measure of how teams retain and graduate their student-athletes,” said senior associate athletics director Derek Cowherd.  “Volleyball has done so with perfection three consecutive years.  We are very proud of the work that has been done over the past 4-5 years to build a consistent and talented roster of phenomenal young ladies.  Having seen several women’s volleyball graduates walk across the stage two weekends ago, it is just a testament to the entire department’s commitment to raising the level of our programs and seeing the students through until their graduation day.”

Each year the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multi-year APR. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams who demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.

The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport.

The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from 2010-11, 2011-2012, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.  The complete APR, postseason ineligibility and penalty reports and aggregate data for all NCAA Division I institutions will be released May 27.

Courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics

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