INDIANAPOLIS - Eight Harvard varsity athletic teams have received Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA in an announcement made Wednesday, April 13 by the association. The NCAA recognized 1,071 Division I teams in total for their exceptional work in the classroom as part of its Academic Performance Program.
The eight Harvard teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The scores required to be in the top ten ranged from 983 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport, with 944 of top-10 teams earning a perfect APR.
Crimson programs receiving Public Recognition Awards are; baseball, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, women's hockey, women's lacrosse, women's soccer and women's track and field. Harvard's baseball, women's basketball and women's cross country teams have earned Public Recognitions Awards each of the 11 years of the program.
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. The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2011-2012, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.
One-hundred teams from the Ivy League were recognized – the most of any conference – followed by the Patriot League (94), Atlantic Coast Conference (81) and Big Ten Conference (69).