ORONO, Maine -- The University of Maine men’s and women’s cross country teams and the women’s soccer squad were three of 1,049 NCAA Division I sports teams honored by the NCAA on Wednesday, May 7 for earning Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR). These awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport.
The women’s cross country team was honored for the ninth straight season, while the men’s cross country team was honored for the fourth year in a row. It was the second straight season that the women’s soccer team received the honor.
The 1,049 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 631 women’s teams and 418 men’s or mixed squads.
Eight America East schools were honored for their APR scores with 26 different teams honored. There were five America East men’s cross country teams honored, while Maine was the only women’s school with a cross country team honored. Maine joined Binghamton University and Boston University as those schools honored for women’s soccer. Boston University is not currently in America East, but during the time that the current date reflects.
In addition, women’s cross country was named one of 146 teams to have earned public recognition every year.
Top performing APRs this year ranged from 988 to a perfect 1,000, with the majority of teams earning a perfect APR. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on the number of perfect scores.
“Each year, more and more teams are achieving perfect APR scores, said NCAA President Mark Emmert. We are proud of our member schools’ commitment to providing tremendous opportunities for our student-athletes so they can succeed on the field, in the classroom, and in life.”
Six national champions from the 2013-14 season are included in this year’s award list: University of Georgia women’s swimming and diving, University of Colorado men’s cross country, Providence College women’s cross country, University of Connecticut field hockey, Oklahoma University’s women’s gymnastics and University of Notre Dame’s men’s soccer.
A total of 275 schools Division I schools (and seven in other divisions who have a sport competing in Division I) plac
ed at least one team on the top APR list, up 19 from last year.
The 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 most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.