CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A total of eighteen (18) Harvard varsity athletic teams have received Division I Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA, in an announcement on Thursday morning. The NCAA recognized more than 900 Division I sports teams from across the country for their exceptional work in the classroom as part of the NCAA's Academic Performance Program.
These 18 Harvard teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top
10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.
The Crimson programs to receive the Public Recognition Awards are: baseball, women's basketball, women's cross country, men’s golf, women's golf, field hockey, football, men's skiing, women's soccer, men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming & diving, women’s tennis, men's indoor track & field, women's indoor track & field, men's outdoor track & field, women's outdoor track & field, men's volleyball and women’s water polo.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 977 to a perfect 1,000.
The Ivy League led the way in the most teams honored among the 2010-11 NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards, announced by the NCAA, with 131 of the 954 total teams receiving honors.
The League's 131 teams outdistanced all other Division I conferences. The Patriot League was second with 80 teams honored followed by the Big East Conference third (70), the Atlantic 10 Conference fourth (56) and the Atlantic Coast Conference fifth (50).
For the seventh consecutive year, Ivy schools dominated the top four spots with Dartmouth topping the list for the first time with 23 teams honored. Brown was second with 20 teams honored and Harvard was third with 18, just ahead of a five-way for fourth with 17 teams each from Penn, Yale, Bucknell, Holy Cross and Notre Dame. Rounding out the Ancient Eight schools in the top 20 are Princeton (13, t-10th), Columbia (12, 15th) and Cornell (11, t-16th).
The Ivy League was the only Division I conference to have commendations for all (eight) of its football teams. Seven of the eight Ivy schools were recognized in baseball, women's basketball and softball, while six League schools were recognized in women's golf and men's outdoor track & field.
Ivy schools represented 49.8 percent (131 of 263) of its total teams in NCAA-sponsored sports recognized. Ivy teams comprised 13.7 percent (131 of 954) of the total Division I teams honored. The average of 16.4 teams at each Ivy school is over 60 percent (60.9%) greater than the next best conference average (10.0).