June 14, 2012

Yale Has 17 Teams Honored By NCAA With Public Recognition Awards

4th Most In Nation

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale had 17 teams honored by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards for their latest multi-year academic progress rate (APR) scores. Yale had the fourth most teams recognized in all of Division I and has been in the top five nationally all seven years of the NCAA’s academic reform program.

More than 950 NCAA Division I sports teams were honored by the NCAA, which released the list on Thursday. These awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport.

The 954 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 560 women’s teams and 394 men’s or mixed squads.

In 2011, 909 teams were recognized.

Top performing APRs this year ranged from 978 to a perfect 1,000, with the majority of teams earning a perfect APR. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on the number of perfect scores.

“These teams prove that it is possible to not only balance academic and athletic commitment, as most student-athletes do; but to exceed standards and post outstanding academic scores,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. “The drive and determination shown in the classroom and on the field by these men and women represent what it means to be an NCAA student-athlete.”

Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The score measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.

For the seventh consecutive year, the Ivy League led the way in the most teams honored with 131 of the 954 total teams receiving honors. The Patriot League was second with 80 teams honored followed by the Big East Conference (70), the Atlantic 10 Conference (56) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (50). 

Yale's 17 NCAA Public Recognition Award recipients are: