Providence, R.I. – Brown University and the Ivy League led the way again in the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards as announced by the NCAA. For the second straight year, Brown Athletics ranked second in the nation with 20 teams honored by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards, including 14 teams with perfect scores.
Overall, Brown’s 33 NCAA Division I sports posted an average APR of 996, up two points from last year. The most recent four-year NCAA Division I APR is 974, while The Ivy League's APR over that same period in its NCAA-sponsored sports is 993.
Brown 20 teams earning NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards are: Baseball, Women’s Basketball, Football, Men’s Fencing, Women’s Fencing, Men’s Golf, Women’s Golf, Women’s Gymnastics, Men’s Ice Hockey, Women’s Ice Hockey, Women’s Rowing, Women’s Skiing, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Men’s Swimming, Women’s Swimming, Men’s Indoor Track, Men’s Outdoor Track, Women’s Volleyball, and Men’s Water Polo.
Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as the APR. The rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance in each sport.
The APR Public Recognition Awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport based on the APR scores from the most-recent, four-year period. This year's awards included the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.
The Ivy League's 117 teams (out of 976 teams honored) outdistanced all other Division I conferences. The Big East Conference and Patriot League tied for second with 74 each followed by the Atlantic-10 Conference in fourth with 60, the Atlantic Coast Conference in fifth with 57 and the Big Ten Conference in sixth with 54.
For the eighth-consecutive year, Ivy schools boasted the top two spots with Dartmouth topping the list with 25 teams honored. Brown (20) placed second for a second-straight year followed by Yale tied for seventh (14) and Harvard and Penn tied for 10th (13 each). Columbia was 16th with 12 teams honored, and Cornell and Princeton were tied for 17th with 10 each, to round out the Ancient Eight schools in the top 20.
Of the 62 schools that have received Public Recognition Awards in each of the eight years of the program, the Ivy League is the only Division I conference to have every school in its conference recognized.