Portions courtesy of the NCAA
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Ivy League led the way in the most teams honored among the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards, announced by the NCAA, with 131 of the 954 total teams receiving honors.
The League's 131 teams outdistanced all other Division I conferences. The Patriot League was second with 80 teams honored followed by the Big East Conference third (70), the Atlantic 10 Conference fourth (56) and the Atlantic Coast Conference fifth (50).
For the seventh-consecutive year, 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 schools represented 49.8 percent (131 of 263) of its total teams in NCAA-sponsored sports recognized. 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 64 percent greater than the next best conference average (10.0).
Public Recognition Awards were given this year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with their APRs based on their most recent multi-year APRs from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years. The number of teams in some sports may have exceeded 10 percent depending on the number of perfect scores. Top performing APRs this year ranged from 978 to a perfect 1,000, with the majority of teams earning a perfect APR.
The 954 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 560 women’s teams and 394 men’s or mixed squads. In 2011, 909 teams were recognized.
A total of 263 schools, out of 347 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. Additionally, eight schools that offer athletics in more than one division, out of 49 overall within the NCAA, placed Division I teams on the list.
In the seven years of the NCAA's academic reform program, 2,946 different teams have received Public Recognition Awards, representing 46 percent of eligible sports teams during that time. Of that total, 209 teams have received Public Recognition Awards each of the seven years of the program.
Full APR scores for all teams, including access to postseason play and penalties for low-performing teams, will be released June 20.