PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania and Ivy League student-athletes as a whole again have the nation's best records in the annual NCAA Division I Academic Progress Report (APR) ratings for enrollment from the 2005-06 through 2008-09 academic years.

The NCAA issued its Public Recognition Awards to individual Division I teams on May 12, and reported multiyear scores for all Division I teams on June 9.

The NCAA "commends" teams that have APR scores in the top 10 percent within their sport, with the minimum necessary score ranging from 975 to a perfect mark of 1000 depending on the range of team scores nationwide within that sport. This year, a total of 20 Penn teams received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA, including eight that received a perfect multiyear mark of 1000. The 20 programs are one more than last year, and put Penn third nationally behind only fellow Ivy institutions Yale (24) and Dartmouth (22).

Of particular note, Penn's Ivy League champion football team was also cited as having the best APR among the Ancient Eight's football programs and is tops among all 224 Division I football teams. The Quakers will be noted for their achievement during the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention, which runs June 19-25 in Anaheim, Calif.

"We are pleased that, once again, so many of our teams received commended recognition from the NCAA," said Penn's athletic director, Steve Bilsky W'71. "We impart on our coaches the importance of stressing the academic side as well as the athletic side, and clearly they continue to convey that message in their own way with the type of student-athletes they bring to Penn."

Now in its sixth year, the APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The APR awards two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic-eligibility standards and who remain with the institution. A team's APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time, divided by the total points possible.

Penn's Commended Sports (multi-year score)
Twenty Quaker teams received recognition from the NCAA for APR scores among the Top 10 percent nationally in their sport:
Baseball (995)
Men's Cross Country (1000)
Football (996)
Men's Soccer (997)
Men's Track, Indoor (997)
Men's Track, Outdoor (998)
Wrestling (990)
Women's Basketball (991)
Women's Fencing (1000)
Field Hockey (1000)
Women's Golf (1000)
Gymnastics (1000)
Women's Lacrosse (1000)
Women's Soccer (997)
Softball (996)
Women's Swimming (1000)
Women's Tennis (1000)
Women's Track, Indoor (998)
Women's Track, Outdoor (998)
Women's Volleyball (996)
The following Penn varsity sports do not contest NCAA championships and are not measured: men's heavyweight rowing, men's lightweight rowing, men's and women's squash, sprint football.

Penn's Rank Nationally
Penn stands third nationally in the number of teams honored by the NCAA. Ivy League schools swept the top six spots for the second year in a row, and had eight of the Top 22 spots:
1. Yale (24)
2. Dartmouth (22)
3. Penn (20)
4. Brown (19)
5. Bucknell (18)
t-6. Harvard (16)
t-6. Princeton (16)
t-6. Lafayette (16)
9. Duke (15)
t-10. Colgate (14)
t-10. Notre Dame (14)
Other Ivies: Columbia 10 teams (t-18th), Cornell 8 teams (22nd)