Yale Leads Nation in NCAA Public Recognition Awards for Sixth Straight Year

23 Bulldog Teams Honored for High Academic Progress Rate Scores

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale had 23 teams honored by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards for their latest multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, more than any other school in the country. This is the sixth year in a row Yale has led the nation in teams recognized for high APR scores. The NCAA released the list of honorees on Wednesday.

More than 900 Division I sports teams were recognized this year for their exceptional work in the classroom as part of the NCAA’s academic performance program. These teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads nationwide in their respective sports.

With 29 of its 35 varsity teams eligible to be rated, the Bulldogs have had as many as 28 earn the award in some years. This year, Yale’s total of 23 bested Brown by one and Dartmouth by two.

NCAA President Mark Emmert said top-performing teams this year posted APR scores ranging from 977 to a perfect 1,000. The number of teams honored in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on the number of perfect scores.
 
“Most student-athletes excel at balancing their academic and athletics commitments, yet each year there are those who perform at extraordinary levels,” Emmert said. “By achieving the highest levels of academic success as a team, these young men and women truly embody what it means to be a successful NCAA student-athlete.”

The APR provides a real-time view of a team’s academic success by tracking the progress of each student-athlete during the school year. By measuring eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.

An APR score of 925 is the minimum level of academic success; teams scoring below 925 can lose scholarships and face other sanctions over time, including bans on postseason play. 

The 909 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 14 percent of the 6,385 eligible Division I teams. The list includes 525 women’s teams and 384 men’s or mixed squads.

A total of 239 institutions, out of 335 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. Another 11 schools that offer athletics in more than one division, out of 52 overall within the NCAA, placed Division I teams on the list as well.

By conference, the Ivy League had the most teams honored (135), followed by the Patriot League (82) and the Big East Conference (77). This was the sixth straight year the Ivy League led all conferences in Public Recognition Awards.

Last year, a total of 841 teams were recognized.

Full APR scores for all Division I sports teams, including penalties for low-performing teams, will be released later this spring.

In the six years of the NCAA’s academic reform program, 1,992 different teams have received Public Recognition Awards, representing 31 percent of eligible sports teams during that time.  Of that total, 260 teams have received Public Recognition Awards each of the six years of the program.

The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.

 

Yale's 23 NCAA Public Recognition Award recipients are:

  • Baseball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Men's Cross Country
  • Men's Fencing
  • Football
  • Men's Golf
  • Men's Lacrosse
  • Men's Swimming and Diving
  • Men's Tennis
  • Men's Indoor Track and Field
  • Men's Outdoor Track and Field
  • Women's Basketball
  • Women’s Crew
  • Women's Golf
  • Women's Gymnastics
  • Women's Ice Hockey
  • Women’s Lacrosse
  • Women's Soccer
  • Softball
  • Women's Tennis
  • Women's Indoor Track and Field
  • Women's Outdoor Track and Field
  • Women's Volleyball

Note: Heavyweight crew, lightweight crew, sailing, women's sailing, men's squash and women's squash are not included in the NCAA's APR ratings.