Men's and Women's Cross Country Honored for Academic Performance
ORONO, Maine--The University of Maine had two teams honored by the NCAA on Tuesday, May 17 with public recognition for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores. The men’s cross country team along with the women’s cross country team were both honored.
The NCAA is honoring NCAA Division I sports teams with public recognition awards for their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). These teams posted multiyear APR’s in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
By measuring eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport, NCAA President Mark Emmert said. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.
The 909 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 14 percent of the 6,385 eligible Division I teams. The list includes 525 women’s teams and 384 men’s or mixed squads.
For the first time with its public recognition awards, the NCAA is separating the sport of football by its bowl and championship subdivisions.
A total of 239 institutions, out of 335 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. Another 11 schools that offer athletics in more than one division, out of 52 overall within the NCAA, placed Division I teams on the list as well.
For the sixth consecutive year, Yale University had the most teams (23) recognized, followed by Brown University (22) and Dartmouth College (21). By conference, the Ivy Group had the most number of teams honored (135), followed by the Patriot League (82), the Big East Conference (77), the Atlantic Coast Conference (61) and the Atlantic 10 (56).
Last year, 841 teams were recognized.
In the six years of the NCAA’s academic reform program, 1,992 different teams have received Public Recognition Awards, representing 31 percent of eligible sports teams during that time. Of that total, 260 teams have received Public Recognition
Awards each of the six years of the program.
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