Vanderbilt was tops among the Southeastern Conference — not surprisingly — in an annual NCAA academic progress report.
Ten of Vanderbilt’s varsity sports were named Public Recognition Award winners, which accounted for nearly 44 percent of the 23 total SEC programs honored. Eight other SEC universities had at least one program cited but none had more than three.
The awards were given to programs in the top 10 percent of their respective sports in Academic Progress Reports, which measures the progress of student-athletes toward graduation over a four-year span.
A total of 909 Division I varsity programs were recognized. The Vanderbilt programs among them were as follows: baseball, football, men’s cross country, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s bowling and women’s swimming.
“We are not the least bit surprised that we are again the conference leader in the Academic Progress Report and among the leaders nationally,” Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor David Williams said in a release from the school. “We take academic achievement and student-athlete welfare very seriously, so we expect to have a leadership role. That we can provide the Southeastern Conference with nearly 50 percent of its APR leaders makes a statement about how our coaches and our student-athletes value our mission.”
Lipscomb and Belmont also had some of their teams earn Public Recognition Awards.
For Belmont, men’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s golf and women’s soccer were recognized.
For Lipscomb, women’s basketball, women’s golf and women’s tennis were honored.