PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Today the NCAA recognized more than 1,200 Division I teams for outstanding academic achievements. Brown led all Division I institutions for the third consecutive year with 20 teams earning Public Recognition Awards. Holy Cross followed with 19 teams while Dartmouth and Villanova each had 18 teams.
NCAA.org: "NCAA schools recognized for academic performance"
The Ivy League was the top-scoring conference in both number of teams and percentage of teams honored, with 108 (or 48.6 percent), followed by the Patriot League with 100 (47.2 percent).
The Academic Progress Rates (APR) is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. Based on their most recent multiyear, 20 of Brown University's teams have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for posting scores in the top 10 percent of their sport.
A total of 17 of Brown's 20 recognized teams tallied perfect scores.
Brown's 20 teams earning NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards are: baseball, men's fencing, football, men's golf, men's hockey, men's lacrosse, men's swimming, men's tennis, men's water polo, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's crew, women's fencing, field hockey, women's golf, women's hockey, skiing, women's soccer, volleyball and women's water polo.
Brown has four teams that have earned Public Recognition Awards every year of the 13-year-old program: baseball, men's golf, women's fencing and women's soccer.
This year, 1,284 teams are being recognized for academic performance: 827 women's teams and 457 men's teams or co-ed teams. The total number of teams being recognized increased by 79 from a year ago, largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores. Scores for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 985 to a perfect 1,000, with 1,188 teams earning a perfect score.
A total of 312 schools had teams recognized with Public Recognition Awards.
APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 23. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.
The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.