CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Eight Harvard varsity athletic teams have received Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA in an announcement made Wednesday by the association. The NCAA recognized 1,049 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 980 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport, with the majority of top 10 teams earning a perfect APR.
Crimson programs to receive Public Recognition Awards are; baseball, women's basketball, women's cross country, men's golf, women's golf, men's indoor track and field, women's indoor track and field, and women's soccer.
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 Ivy League led the way with the most teams honored, as 117 of the 1,049 recipients hail from the Ancient Eight. The Patriot League came in second with 94 teams recognized followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference (77) and Big Ten Conference (66).
Ivy teams comprised 11.1 percent (117 of 1,049) of the total Division I teams honored. Of the 62 schools that have received Public Recognition Awards each of the nine years of the program, the Ivy League is the only Division I conference to have every school in its conference recognized.