The NCAA announced their Public Recognition Awards Wednesday with six Sacred Heart athletic programs being recognized for their academic achievements. The baseball, men's track and field, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's lacrosse and women's tennis teams were recognized for scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with respect to their Academic Progress Rate (APR). Top performing teams this year posted APR scores ranging from 983 to 1,000.
This is the sixth consecutive year the Pioneers' women's cross country team have made the list as one of the top APR teams. The women's basketball team earned its fifth consecutive recognition, while SHU baseball earns the honor for the third consecutive year. The men's track team earned its first combined award, after the indoor and outdoor squads combined for seven honors in the past eight announcement. The women's tennis team earns its second consecutive Public Recognition Award, and third overall, while women's lacrosse earned its first honor.
The 1,071 teams publicly recognized for high achievement represent 649 women's teams and 422 men's or mixed squads. The scores required to be in the top 10 ranged from 983 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport. Earning a perfect APR score were 944 teams. A total of 290 schools placed at least one team on the top APR list.
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 NCAA 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. The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2011-2012, 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.