Portions courtesy of the NCAA
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Ivy League holds the best NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) across all Division I conferences for the ninth-straight year, as released by the NCAA national office.
The League ranks first or tied for first in 12 of its 29 sports that are NCAA-sponsored sports and are also considered conference-wide sponsored sports -- baseball, football, men's golf, men's lacrosse, men's tennis, wrestling, women's basketball, women's cross country, field hockey, women's soccer, softball and women's swimming & diving.
In addition, the League ranks second in eight sports (men's basketball, men's cross country, men's ice hockey, men's outdoor track & field, women's golf, women's lacrosse, women's indoor track & field and women's volleyball) and third in four others (men's swimming & diving, men's indoor track & field, men's outdoor track & field and women's outdoor track & field).
The most recent four-year Division I APR is 976, a two-point improvement from last year. The Ivy League's APR of 993 over that same period in its NCAA-sponsored sports continues to lead all Division I conferences. Across Division I, the average four-year rate also rose two points in baseball (967) and football (951), five points in men's basketball (957) and one point in women's basketball (973).
Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility, graduation and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below certain thresholds can face consequences, such as practice restrictions and restrictions on postseason competition. Rates are based on the past four years' performance -- 2009-10 and 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
In the May 7 announcement of the APR Public Recognition Awards, the Ivy League led the way for the ninth year in a row with 117 of the 1,049 total teams receiving honors in the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards. The League's 117 teams outdistanced the Patriot League (94), Atlantic Coast Conference (77) and Big Ten Conference (66).
For the ninth-straight year, the League held the top two spots with Dartmouth topping the list for the third-consecutive year with 26 teams honored. The Big Green has finished in the top three in the number of teams recognized all nine years. Brown placed second for a third-straight year as well with 22 teams honored. The remaining top 10 included Penn tied for fourth with Lafayette with 17 teams each recognized and Yale tied for seventh with Davidson, Duke, Holy Cross and Stanford 14 teams each honored.
Rounding out the Ivies were Columbia, Cornell and Princeton all tied for 18th with 10 teams each honored and Harvard tied for 27th with five other schools each with eight teams commended.
This year, the League had seven schools recognized in baseball, women's basketball, football and men's golf and six schools recognized in women's golf, women's soccer and softball.
Ivy teams comprised 11.2 percent (117 of 1,049) of the total Division I teams honored. The average of 14.6 teams at each Ivy school is 64 percent greater than the next best conference average (9.4).
Of the 146 schools that have received Public Recognition Awards each of the nine years of the program, the Ivy League is the only Division I conference to have every school in its conference recognized.