CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A total of eight (8) Harvard varsity athletic teams have received Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA, in an announcement on Wednesday morning. The NCAA recognized more than 1,100 Division I sports teams from across the country for their exceptional work in the classroom as part of the NCAA's Academic Performance Program.
The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally. The award is given to teams that have an APR among the top 10 percent in their respective sport. 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 eight Crimson teams to be honored are: baseball, women's basketball, women's cross country, men's golf, women's golf, women's hockey, women's soccer and men's swimming & diving.
Baseball, women’s basketball and women’s cross country have received the APR award each of the 10 years that they have been awarded.
In all, 110 Ivy League programs were honored this year, comprising nearly 10 percent (9.8%) of the entire Division I programs on the list.
The 1,124 teams publicly recognized for high achievement represent 696 women’s teams and 428 men’s or mixed squads, the highest ever in the decade since the NCAA began the Public Recognition Awards program. In 2014, 1,049 teams were recognized, marking an increase this year of 75 teams.
The scores required to be in the top ten ranged from 980 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport. This year, a record 953* teams earned public recognition with a perfect APR score.
“We congratulate each of the teams and individual student-athletes for their dedication to academic success,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. “This achievement demonstrates their hard work and the commitment of NCAA member schools to provide students with an opportunity to succeed academically and athletically.”