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 2009-10 through 2013-14 academic years.
This year, 13 of Penn’s 28 eligible teams received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA -- including 10 which received a perfect score of 1,000. The 13 programs tied Penn for 12th nationally and fourth among Ivy schools with Yale.
The NCAA gives Public Recognition Awards to teams that have APR scores in the top 10 percent within their sport. In the 10-year history of the NCAA’s APR program, Penn has had 165 programs receive Public Recognition Awards.
Overall, the Ivy League topped all Division I conferences for the 10th year in a row, with 110 of the 1,124 total teams receiving Public Recognition Awards, as announced by the NCAA national office. The Ivies were followed by the Patriot League (105), Atlantic Coast Conference (82) and Big Ten Conference (74). Ivy teams comprised 10.2 percent (110 of 1,124) of the total Division I teams honored. The average of 13.8 teams at each Ivy school is 76 percent greater than the next best conference average (10.5).
Dartmouth (26 teams) and Brown (19) led the nation and the Ancient Eight institutions. Columbia had 14 teams receive Public Recognition Awards, while Cornell had nine. Harvard and Princeton had eight each.
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.
Public Recognition Awards were announced on May 20. Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognitions, were announced on May 27.
The following Penn varsity sports do not contest NCAA championships and are not measured in the Academic Progress Report: men’s heavyweight rowing, men’s lightweight rowing, men’s and women’s squash, sprint football.
Penn Sports With Public Recognition Awards for 2013-14 (perfect scores in parentheses)
Football - FCS
Men’s Golf (1,000)
Men’s Swimming & Diving
Men’s Tennis (1,000)
Men’s Track, Outdoor
Women’s Cross Country (1,000)
Women’s Fencing (1,000)
Women’s Golf (1,000)
Women’s Rowing (1,000)
Women’s Swimming & Diving (1,000)
Women’s Tennis (1,000)