INDIANAPOLIS -- The Ivy League once again paces all of Division I in the 2009-10 NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA national office today.
The Ivy League carries the top APR among all Division I conferences in 16 of its 29 sports that are NCAA-sponsored sports and are also considered conference-wide sponsored sports. Those sports are: men’s basketball, football, men’s golf, men’s ice hockey, men’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, men’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, men’s indoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field, women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, softball, women’s outdoor track & field and women’s volleyball.
In 11 additional sports -- baseball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s fencing, field hockey, women’s ice hockey, women’s rowing, women’s swimming & diving, women’s tennis, women’s indoor track & field and wrestling -- the Ancient Eight ranks second while the League ranks third in men’s fencing and women’s golf.
According to the most recent figures released by the NCAA, the latest four-year Division I APR is 970, up three points over last year. The Ivy League’s APR over that same period in its 29 League-sponsored sports is 993.
Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face penalties, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice and competition. Rates are based on the past four years’ performance. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.
In the May 17 announcement of the APR Public Recognition Awards, the League once again boasted the most teams honored among the 909 teams recognized. The Ivies had the most number of teams honored (135), followed by the Patriot League (82), the Big East Conference (77), the Atlantic Coast Conference (61) and the Atlantic 10 Conference (56).
The Ivy League had 56.5 percent (135 of 239) of its total teams in NCAA-sponsored sports recognized. Ivy teams comprised 14.9 percent (135 of 909) of the total Division I teams honored. The average of 16.9 teams at each Ivy school is over 60 percent (60.9%) greater than the next best conference average (10.3).
Yale had the most teams (23) recognized and the League swept the top three spots for the sixth consecutive year. For the third time in four years, the League had all eight of its teams in the top 20: Yale (23, 1st), Brown (22, 2nd), Dartmouth (21, 3rd), Penn (17, t-4th), Harvard (16, t-6th), Princeton (16, t-6th), Columbia (10, t-18th) and Cornell (10, t-18th).
The Ivy League was the only Division I conference to have recognition given to all (eight) of its football teams. Seven of the eight Ivy schools were recognized in four additional sports (men's basketball, softball, women's indoor track & field, women's outdoor track & field) and six Ivy schools were recognized in four more sports (baseball, women's golf, men's soccer and women's soccer).