DURHAM, N.C. – An ACC-leading 12 of Duke's intercollegiate athletic programs were honored on Wednesday with NCAA Public Recognition Awards.
The awards are presented each year to teams finishing among the top 10 percent of their respective sport based on the most recent multi-year Academic Performance Rate (APR).
Duke's 12 programs that received the honor include baseball, men's basketball, men's cross country, women's fencing, football, men's golf, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's swimming and diving, men's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field and volleyball. Boston College was second among league schools with 11 teams honored, followed by North Carolina (6), Virginia (5), Wake Forest (5), Miami (4), Georgia Tech (3), N.C. State (2), Florida State (1), Maryland (1), Virginia Tech (1) and Clemson (0).
Duke had the only football program in the ACC qualify for the award and was one of just three schools from the six BCS conferences honored, joining Rutgers and Stanford. Of the 25 teams ranked in the final Associated Press men's basketball poll, only five schools were recognized with the accolade including Duke, Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina and Villanova.
In addition, Duke was one of 12 Division I institutions to have 12 or more sports honored, joining Colgate, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Harvard, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, Princeton, Notre Dame, Pennsylvania and Yale.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester or quarter 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. A total f 205 of 331 Division college and universities placed at least one team on the top APR list.