INDIANAPOLIS -- For the seventh-straight year, the Ivy League sits at the top of the most recent NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA national office.
The Ivy League holds the top APR among all Division I conferences in 17 of its 29 sports that are NCAA-sponsored sports and are also considered conference-wide sponsored sports. Those sports are baseball, men's basketball, football, men's golf, men's ice hockey, men's lacrosse, men's soccer, men's tennis, men's indoor track & field, men's outdoor track & field, women’s basketball, field hockey, women's soccer, softball, women's swimming & diving, women's outdoor track & field and women’s volleyball.
The League ranks second in eight sports (men's cross country, women's cross country, women's fencing, women’s rowing, women's lacrosse, women’s tennis, women's indoor track & field and wrestling) and third in three others (men’s swimming & diving, women’s golf and women’s ice hockey).
The most recent four-year Division I APR is 973, up three points over last year. The Ivy League's APR over that same period in its NCAA-sponsored sports is 993. In the NCAA's highest profile sports, the average four-year APR for men’s basketball is 950, up five points over last year; football is 948, up two points; and baseball is 965, up six points.
The APR is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face penalties, such as scholarship losses, restrictions on practice and competition and postseason bans.
In the June 14 announcement of the APR Public Recognition Awards, the League led the way in the most teams honored with 131 of the 954 total teams receiving honors. The League’s 131 teams outdistanced all other Division I conferences with the Patriot League second (80 teams), the Big East Conference third (70), the Atlantic 10 Conference fourth (56) and the Atlantic Coast Conference fifth (50).
Ivy schools dominated the top four spots with Dartmouth topping the list for the first time with 23 teams honored. The Big Green has finished in the top three in the number of teams recognized all seven years. Brown was second with 20 teams honored and Harvard was third with 18, just ahead of a five-way tie for fourth with 17 teams each from Penn, Yale, Bucknell, Holy Cross and Notre Dame. Rounding out the Ancient Eight schools in the top 20 were: Princeton (13, t-10th), Columbia (12, 15th) and Cornell (11, t-16th).
The Ivy League was the only Division I conference to have commendations for all (eight) of its football teams. Seven of the eight Ivy schools were recognized in baseball, women’s basketball and softball, while six League schools were recognized in women’s golf and men’s outdoor track & field.
Ivy teams comprised 13.7 percent (131 of 954) of the total Division I teams honored. The average of 16.4 teams at each Ivy school is over 60 percent (60.9%) greater than the next best conference average (10.0).