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 2010-11 through 2014-15 academic years.
This year, 14 of Penn’s 28 eligible teams received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA which is up from 13 last year. The 14 programs put Penn tied for eighth nationally and third among Ivy League institutions.
In addition, Penn boasts five of the 110 programs nationally that have received Public Recognition Awards all 11 years the NCAA has tracked the APR. They are baseball, football, women's golf, softball, and women's tennis.
The NCAA gives Public Recognition Awards to teams that have APR scores in the top 10 percent within their sport. In the 11-year history of the NCAA’s APR program, Penn has had 179 programs receive Public Recognition Awards.
“Having 14 of our teams receive the NCAA public recognition award is a testament to the importance Penn Athletics places on academic and athletic excellence, on aiming big and on ensuring the best collegiate experience for our student-athletes,” said M. Grace Calhoun, Penn’s Director of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics. “We applaud our coaches and student-athletes for their hard work, perseverance and grit that is uniquely Penn.”
Overall, the Ivy League topped all Division I conferences for the 11th year in a row, with 100 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 (94), Atlantic Coast Conference (81) and Big Ten Conference (69). Ivy teams comprised 9.3 percent (100 of 1,071) of the total Division I teams honored. The average of 12.5 teams at each Ivy school is nearly 34 percent greater than the next best conference average (9.4).
Brown (21 teams) and Dartmouth (19) led the nation and the Ancient Eight institutions. Yale had 13 teams receive Public Recognition Awards, while Columbia had 12. Harvard had eight, Princeton had seven, and Cornell had six.
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.
The following Penn varsity sports do not contest NCAA championships and thus 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 2014-15, with their scores (14)
Football - FCS (991)
Men’s Fencing (1,000)
Men’s Swimming & Diving(1,000)
Women’s Swimming & Diving(1,000)