NEWPORT NEWS, Va. —The Atlantic 10 Conference had 67 teams honored by the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) public recognition Wednesday. The 67 teams is the second most in league history, just one shy of the record of 68 set last year. It also ranks number one for basketball-centric conferences and ranks fourth among the 32 leagues across all three subdivisions.
Each year, the NCAA publicly recognizes teams that rank in the top 10 percent of their respective sports in APR scores. The public recognition is based on scores compiled through the 2016-17 academic year.
“We have a great track record of excellence in NCAA APR Public Recognition, and I couldn’t be more proud of our schools, athletic programs, coaches and student-athletes and their strong commitment to long-term academic success,” stated A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade.
The Atlantic 10 also was in the top five among all leagues in the percentage of teams earning public recognition, with 30 percent of A-10 teams garnering the prestigious distinction from the NCAA. The Ivy League, the Patriot League, the Big East and the ACC were the other conferences with high percentages. In overall total number of teams honored, the league joined the Patriot League, the Ivy League and the ACC as the top four conferences.
The NCAA also released a list of teams that have received public recognition since the inception of the 13-year-old APR program. There were three Atlantic 10 teams listed, including Davidson men’s basketball, Dayton Men’s Golf, and Fordham women’s tennis. Additionally, Dayton’s women’s golf team also was among that list.
Davidson led the way in the A-10 with 11 teams recognized, followed by Fordham with nine teams and George Washington with eight teams. Dayton, Richmond, Saint Joseph’s and Saint Louis each had six teams recognized. Half of the A-10 (seven schools) either matched or increased over last year’s number of teams honored. Duquesne, Fordham, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Richmond all had more teams recognized this year over last.
APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 23. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance. The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.
2018 A-10 Teams Earning NCAA Public Recognition (by sport)
- Baseball (3) – Davidson, Fordham, Saint Joseph’s
- Men’s Basketball (2) – Davidson, La Salle
- Women’s Basketball (4) – La Salle, St. Bonaventure, Rhode Island, VCU
- Men’s Cross Country (4) – Davidson, Massachusetts, Richmond, Saint Joseph’s
- Women’s Cross Country (8) – Dayton, George Mason, George Washington, Massachusetts, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis
- Field Hockey (1) – Davidson
- Men’s Golf (5) – Davidson, Dayton, George Washington, Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure
- Women’s Lacrosse (1) – Davidson
- Men’s Track & Field (3) – Davidson, George Washington, Saint Joseph’s
- Women’s Track & Field (2) –George Washington, Richmond
- Men’s Soccer (1) – George Washington
- Women’s Soccer (6) – Fordham, Massachusetts, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis
- Men’s Swimming & Diving (1) – Davidson
- Women’s Swimming & Diving (5) – Davidson, Duquesne, Fordham, Massachusetts, Richmond
- Men’s Tennis (8) – Davidson, Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Mason, George Washington, La Salle, Saint Louis
- Women’s Tennis (6) – Davidson, Dayton, Fordham, Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph’s
- Softball (4) – Dayton, Fordham, George Mason, George Washington
- Volleyball (4) – Duquesne, Fordham, Saint Louis
- Non A-10 Sports (5) – Dayton (women’s golf); Fordham (football, men’s water polo); George Mason (men’s volleyball); George Washington (women’s water polo)