Providence, Rhode Island - 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. Brown Athletics continued its academic excellence and, for the second straight year, ranked second in the nation out of 335 NCAA Division I schools.
Brown’s overall APR is 995, with 14 of its teams earning perfect 1,000 scores. In addition, 20 of Brown’s teams were honored by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards: baseball, football, men’s basketball, women’s fencing, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, men’s ice hockey, women’s ice hockey, women’s lacrosse, women’s rowing, women’s skiing, softball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s swimming, women’s swimming, men’s outdoor track, volleyball, women’s water polo.
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.
Ivy schools dominated the top four spots with Dartmouth topping the list for the first time with 23 teams honored. 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 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.
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).
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. All six Ivy League men’s ice hockey playing schools were recognized with NCAA Public Recognition Awards.