DURHAM, N.C. – For the four academic years ending in 2009-10, all of Duke University’s varsity athletics teams scored 978 points or above (out of a possible 1000) in the Academic Progress Report (APR) data released by the NCAA. Led by perfect scores of 1000 from its baseball, men’s cross country, men’s fencing, women’s fencing, men’s golf, women’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, and women’s volleyball programs, Duke teams averaged 994 points, the highest figure among all Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) schools.
Duke accumulated the highest multi-year APR scores among all ACC institutions in 14 different sports – baseball (1000), men’s basketball (990), women’s basketball (995 – tied with one other), men’s cross country (1000 – tied with four), football (986), men’s golf (1000 – tied with four), men’s lacrosse (997), women’s lacrosse (1000 – tied with one), men’s soccer (1000), men’s swimming and diving (997 – tied with one), men’s indoor track and field (1000), men’s outdoor track and field (1000), women’s volleyball (1000 – tied with one), and wrestling (996).
Last week, it was announced that 15 of Duke’s varsity athletic teams were honored by the NCAA for placing among the top 10 percent in their respective sports nationally in the latest multi-year APR report. The Blue Devils’ baseball, men’s basketball, men’s cross country, football, men’s fencing, men’s golf, men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, men’s soccer, men’s swimming, wrestling, women’s basketball, women’s fencing, women’s lacrosse and volleyball teams were among those listed by the NCAA. Duke led all ACC schools with its 15 selections and among Football Bowl Subdivision schools, Notre Dame (17) and Duke had the most teams on the list.
The Duke men’s basketball team was one of four national champions from the 2009-10 season that were included in this year’s award list – Fairleigh Dickinson (women’s bowling), Michigan (men’s gymnastics) and Denver (women’s skiing).
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. For those sports that did not offer athletic scholarships at Duke, the APR cohort included all recruited student-athletes. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance for a particular academic year.