HAMDEN, Conn. – Five Quinnipiac University athletic teams were recognized by the NCAA for strong Academic Progress Ratings (APR), as announced by members of the association on Friday, June 15, 2012. Women’s basketball once again represented the Bobcats for the fifth consecutive year, while women’s indoor track, women’s outdoor track, women’s cross country and women’s tennis, like last year, were also named to the list.
The women’s indoor and outdoor track programs were recognized for a third time, while women’s tennis and women’s cross country collected the honor for the second straight season.
More than 950 NCAA Division I sports teams were honored by the NCAA for earning Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate. These awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport.
The 954 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievements are made up of 560 women’s teams and 394 men’s teams.
“We are once again very pleased with our overall continued academic success of our teams overall,” said Jack McDonald, Quinnipiac University director of athletics and recreation. “And we are particularly proud of our women’s basketball team, who was recognized for the fifth consecutive year! To represent a university with five teams says a lot about our athletic department, not only on the field of play but in the classroom as well.”
Top performing APRs this year ranged from 978 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.
“These teams prove that it is possible to not only balance academic and athletic commitment, as most student-athletes do; but to exceed standards and post outstanding academic scores,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. “The drive and determination shown in the classroom and on the field by these men and women represent what it means to be an NCAA student-athlete.”
A total of 263 schools, out of 347 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. Additionally, 8 schools that offer athletics in more than one division, out of 49 overall within the NCAA, placed Division I teams on the list.
In 2011, 909 teams were recognized.
In seven years of the NCAA’s academic reform program, 2,946 different teams have received Public Recognition Awards, representing 46 percent of eligible teams during that time. Of that total, 209 teams have received Public Recognition Awards each of the seven years of the program.
Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The score measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.
Contact: Tony Distasio; Ardistasio@quinnipiac.edu