NCAA Public Recognition Awards Searchable Data
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League student-athletes again have the nation's most commendations in the annual NCAA Division I Academic Progress Report (APR) ratings, as highlighted in the official NCAA News Release with regard to enrollment throughout the 2005-06 through 2008-09 academic years.
The APR measures semester-by-semester records for every individual team in Division I with regard to each team member's continuing eligibility, retention and progress toward graduation. The APR awards two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic-eligibility standards and who remain with the institution. A team's APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time, divided by the total points possible.
The NCAA Public Recognition Awards "commend" teams whose APR scores are in the top 10% of all teams within their sport, with the minimum necessary score ranging from 978 to a perfect mark of 1000 depending on the range of team scores within that sport. A total of 135 Ivy League teams were ???commended??? -- at least one in each of the 35 NCAA sports in which at least one Ivy team competes -- for an average of 16.9 teams at each of the eight Ivy League schools.
Ivy teams comprised 16.1% of the 841 teams honored from across 228 colleges and universities (103 Division I institutions had no commended teams but another six schools that offer athletics in more than one division, out of 50 overall within the NCAA, placed Division I teams on the list as well). The average of 16.9 teams at each Ivy school is almost 50 percent (49.5%) greater than the next best conference average (11.3), and more than the best score of all but one non-Ivy individual school.
Nearly three-fifths (56.5%) of the total of 239 Ivy teams in NCAA-sponsored sports were recognized. The Ivy League is the only conference to have commendations for all (eight) of its football teams; seven of the eight Ivy teams were recognized in four additional sports (men's soccer, men's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field and softball) and six Ivy teams were recognized in seven more sports (baseball, women's basketball, women's soccer, volleyball, women's outdoor track and field, women's indoor track and field and women's golf).
The Ivy League swept the top four rankings nationally for the third consecutive year, led by Yale with 24 honored teams, and every Ivy school was in the top 25: Yale (24, 1st), Dartmouth (22, 2nd), Penn (20, 3rd), Brown (19, 4th), Harvard (16, T-6th), Princeton (16, T-6th), Columbia (10, T-18th) and Cornell (eight, T-22nd).