June 14, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Atlantic 10 Conference had 56 of its programs earn national recognition from the NCAA in the Academic Progress Rate. Those 56 programs ranked in the top 10 percent of their respective sports in APR scores.

More than 950 NCAA Division I sports teams were 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 Atlantic 10 Conference ranks fourth in number of teams publically recognized by the NCAA, behind only the Ivy League, the Patriot League and the Big East Conference.

“To have 56 programs honored by the NCAA is a testament to the importance the Atlantic 10 and its member institutions place on academics and the scholastic success our student-athletes have had,” stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “It is critical to us that we continue to be a strong conference academically.”

The league also ranked third in the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate, which was released last fall. For the APR recognition, incoming member Butler had 11 teams honored which would increase the A-10 count to 67.

Full APRs for all teams will be released June 20. The 954 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 560 women’s teams and 394 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 number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on the number of perfect scores.               

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. 

Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced June 20.  That announcement also will include APP penalties for
low-performing teams, teams subject to postseason ineligibility and head coach APRs.  As in past years, you will be notified prior to this public release of scores, postseason ineligibility and penalties.

Baseball (4) –Fordham, George Washington, Saint Joseph's, Temple
Field Hockey (3) -
La Salle, Richmond, Temple
Men's Basketball (2) –
Dayton, Richmond
Men's Cross Country (4) –
Charlotte, Fordham, George Washington, Rhode Island
Men's Golf (2) –
Dayton, Saint Joseph's
Men's Soccer (1)
- Richmond
Men's Swimming (1) -
Fordham
Men's Tennis (3) –
Charlotte, George Washington, Xavier
Men's Track, Indoor (3) –
Fordham, Richmond, Saint Louis
Men's Track, Outdoor (5) –
Duquesne, Fordham, La Salle, Richmond, Saint Louis
Softball (1) -
Massachusetts
Women's Basketball (2) –
Dayton, Duquesne
Women's Cross Country (4) –
Dayton, Fordham, George Washington, Saint Joseph's
Women's Lacrosse (2) –
Richmond, Saint Joseph's
Women's Rowing (2) –
Dayton, Saint Joseph's
Women's Soccer (2) -
George Washington,  St. Bonaventure
Women's Swimming (1) -
George Washington
Women's Tennis (6) –
Charlotte,  Dayton, Fordham, George Washington, Saint Louis, Xavier
Women's Track, Indoor (2) -
Fordham, Xavier
Women's Track, Outdoor        (3) -
Fordham, Richmond, Xavier
Women's Volleyball (3) -
Dayton, Fordham, Xavier

Butler: Men's Basketball, Men's Cross Country, Men's Golf, Men's Soccer, Indoor Men's Track Indoor, Outdoor Men's Track, Women's Cross Country, Women's Golf, Women's Tennis, Indoor Women's Track, Outdoor Women's Track