June 5, 2013

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Atlantic 10 Conference had 54 of its programs earn national recognition from the NCAA in the Academic Progress Rate. Those 54 programs ranked in the top 10 percent of their respective sports in APR scores compiled through the 2011-12 academic year.

There were 976 Division I teams honored by the NCAA for earning Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate. These awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport. The teams publicly recognized for high achievement represent 594 women’s teams and 382 men’s or mixed squads. Top performing APRs this year ranged from 978 to a perfect 1,000, with the majority of teams earning a perfect APR.

The Atlantic 10 ranked fourth in number of teams recognized among 32 Division I leagues. The NCAA will release this year’s full APR report, with the most recent data on June 11. In last year’s report, the A-10 ranked third among all conferences. The league also ranked second in the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate, which was released last fall.

“We are proud that as a conference we are among the nation’s elite in academics, both from the standpoint of the strength of our schools and the dedication of our student-athletes,” stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “Academic strength is one of our core values and to have 54 teams publicly recognized is a prime example of those values. I congratulate each of these teams, and each of our institutions on their commitments to academic success.”

Every Atlantic 10 sport had at least one team receive public recognition. Women’s tennis had the most teams of any sport on the NCAA list with seven. There were five women’s cross country teams honored and four other sports (men’s tennis, men’s indoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field and women’s outdoor track & field) with four teams represented.

Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR).  This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.  Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.  This year's release will again include recognition in the sport of football by subdivision (i.e., Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision).

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship.  The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.

Atlantic 10 Teams Earning NCAA APR Public Recognition (for 2011-12)
Baseball (2): Saint Joseph's, Temple
Field Hockey (1):  Richmond
Men's Basketball (1):  Richmond
Men's Cross Country (3): Saint Louis, Dayton, Charlotte
Men's Golf (3): Saint Joseph's, Dayton, Richmond
Men's Soccer (1):  Richmond
Men's Swimming (1): Fordham
Men's Tennis (4): George Washington, Temple, Charlotte, Xavier
Men's Indoor Track (4): Fordham, Saint Louis, Massachusetts, Richmond
Men's Outdoor Track (4): Fordham, Saint Louis, Massachusetts, Richmond
Softball (1):  Massachusetts
Women's Basketball (1):  Dayton
Women's Cross Country (5): George Washington, Saint Louis, Dayton, Massachusetts, Xavier
Women's Lacrosse (1): Saint Joseph's
Women's Rowing (2): Saint Joseph's, Dayton
Women's Soccer (2): George Washington, St. Bonaventure
Women's Swimming (1): George Washington
Women's Tennis (7): Fordham, George Washington, Saint Louis, Dayton, Charlotte, Rhode Island, Xavier
Women's Indoor Track (3): Fordham, Richmond, Xavier
Women's Outdoor Track (4): Saint Louis, Massachusetts, Richmond, Xavier
Women's Volleyball (3): La Salle, Dayton, Xavier