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 2007-07 through 2009-10 academic years.
This year, a total of 17 Penn teams received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA, including eight that received a perfect multiyear mark of 1000. The 17 programs tied Penn with Notre Dame for fourth nationally, behind only fellow Ivy institutions Yale (23), Brown (22) and Dartmouth (21).
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. The NCAA issued its Public Recognition Awards to individual Division I teams on May 17, and reported multiyear scores for all Division I teams on May 24.
Of particular note, the Ivy League championship Penn football team led the nation for the fourth straight year with a 2009-10 score of 995. As a result, the Quakers will be recognized during the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Luncheon sponsored by Borden Perlman Insurance Agency. That event will take place Thursday, June 16 in conjunction with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla.
"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 seventh 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)
Seventeen Quaker teams received recognition from the NCAA for APR scores among the Top 10 percent nationally in their sport:
Men's Basketball (978)
Men's Cross Country (1000)
Men's Soccer (997)
Men's Track, Outdoor (998)
Women's Basketball (991)
Women's Fencing (1000)
Field Hockey (1000)
Women's Golf (1000)
Women's Lacrosse (1000)
Women's Soccer (997)
Women's Tennis (1000)
Women's Track, Indoor (998)
Women's Track, Outdoor (998)
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.