April 30, 2007
Providence, Rhode Island - The NCAA has honored more than 800 Division I sports teams with public recognition awards for their latest Academic Progress Rate scores. Brown University had 24 teams honored by the NCAA with public recognition awards for high academic achievement, second most in the nation.
"I am delighted that our so many of our student-athletes are able to excel both in the classroom and on the athletic fields," said Michael Goldberger, Brown's Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. "This is a wonderful accomplishment for our entire community."
The Ivy League is the Division I conference with the largest number of high-performing squads, with 152 teams receiving awards. The Patriot League had 92 teams receiving awards, followed by the Big East with 63 teams. Yale University had 28 teams receive public recognition awards, the most of any Division I college or university.
The 24 Brown teams honored by the NCAA for High Academic Achievement are Baseball, Men's Basketball, Men's Cross Country, Men's Fencing, Football, Men's Golf, Men's Ice Hockey, Men's Indoor Track, Men's Lacrosse, Men's Outdoor Track, Men's Soccer, Men's Swimming, Men's Water Polo, Women's Basketball, Women's Cross Country, Women's Fencing, Women's Gymnastics, Women's Indoor Track, Women's Lacrosse, Women's Outdoor Track, Women's Soccer, Women's Tennis, Women's Volleyball, and Women's Water Polo.
These teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort.
The 839 teams receiving awards this year represent 217 Division I colleges and universities, or two-thirds of the 326 institutions that compete in NCAA Division I athletics. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 975 to a perfect 1,000, said NCAA President Myles Brand.
"These teams prove once again that student-athletes are students first, and many of them are excellent students," Brand said. "I want to personally congratulate these teams and their student-athletes who are working hard in their sport and in the classroom and setting a great example for all students."
Of the teams receiving awards for their latest academic performance are 366 men's and mixed teams and 473 women's teams. The men's sports with the highest number of teams garnering public recognition are golf (51), cross country (49) and tennis (40). The women's sports with the highest number of teams receiving awards are tennis (64), volleyball (54) and golf (52).
Last year, a total of 1,048 teams were recognized. There are fewer awards this year than last year because there are fewer teams with perfect scores. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on how many achieved perfect 1,000 APR scores.
The public recognition awards by sport and institution are listed on the NCAA website at ncaa.org.