DURHAM, N.C. - The NCAA honored Division I sports teams with public recognition awards for their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores that ranked in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.
Duke led all Atlantic Coast Conference institutions with 12 athletic teams achieving the top 10 percentile: Baseball, Men's Basketball, Men's Cross Country, Men's Football, Men's Golf, Men's Soccer, Men's Indoor Track, Men's Outdoor Track, Women's Fencing, Women's Golf, Women's Soccer and Women's Volleyball. Nationally, Duke was one of 15 institutions with at least 12 teams recognized for outstanding achievement and one of only two (Navy) that competes in the Bowl Championship Series in football. Yale University led the country with 28 of its sports honored by the NCAA on April 24.
Boston College’s 10 teams were second in the ACC, while North Carolina had six sports on the list. Additionally, Wake Forest (three teams), Virginia (3), Florida State (2), Maryland (2), Miami (2) and Georgia Tech (1) had teams represented in the top 10 percent.
The ACC had three schools, including Duke, ranked in the top 10 percent for the APR in men’s basketball among the six traditional “major” conferences – the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac 10 and Southeastern Conference. Duke joined Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina, Oregon, Vanderbilt, Villanova and Wake Forest as one of eight schools from the top conferences to earn recognition for academic achievement. In football, Duke, Rutgers and Stanford were the only schools earning public recognition from these six leagues.
Duke was the only school to earn scores in the top 10 percent in both men’s basketball and football from the six “major” conferences. Villanova, which was also on both lists, competes in separate leagues -- the Colonial Athletic Association in football and the Big East Conference in men’s basketball.
Overall, the Big Ten Conference was represented in the top 10 percent of the APR by each of its 11 member institutions for a 100 percent rate. The Pac 10 had nine of 10 (90 percent) schools make the rankings, while the ACC had nine of 12 (75 percent) institutions represented. The Big East saw 12 of 16 (75 percent) member schools make the list. The Big 12 and SEC each had six of 12 (50 percent) of its member institutions reach the top 10 percent of the APR.
The APR provides a one-year snapshot of a team’s academic success by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR is calculated using academic eligibility and retention criteria and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. In addition, it serves as a predictor of future graduation rates. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 965 to the maximum score of 1,000.
The public recognition awards are part of a broad Division I academic reform effort. Multiyear APR scores for all 6,110 Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced Tuesday, May 6. The announcement also will include immediate and historical penalties for low-performing teams.