Eight SHU Teams Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards

Fairfield, Conn. (June 7, 2013)--The NCAA announced their Public Recognition Awards this week with eight Sacred Heart athletic programs being recognized for their academic achievements.  The men’s indoor and outdoor track & field teams, men’s volleyball, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s ice hockey, women’s golf and women’s bowling were recognized for scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with respect to their Academic Progress Rates (APRs). Top-performing teams this year posted APR scores ranging from 978 to a perfect 1,000.

The Sacred Heart men’s volleyball program has earned Public Recognition Award in each of the eight years of the NCAA’s academic reform program, making Sacred Heart one of 61 institutions across the country who have had at least one team win all eight years.

The Northeast Conference had a record-high 44 teams earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards this year. The 44 teams represent 21 sports from 11 member institutions. 

“For the second year in a row, the NEC has achieved a record number of teams earning the NCAA Public Recognition Award, which clearly demonstrates the priority our student-athletes, coaches and athletic administrators place on academic success,” said NEC Commissioner Noreen Morris.  “We are incredibly proud of the conference-wide commitment to educating and developing student-athletes in the classroom, on the fields and in the community.”

Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-2012 academic years.

The NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multi-year APR. The 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.

The 976 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement include 594 women’s teams and 382 men’s or mixed squads. A total of 268 schools, out of 346 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. Last year, 954 teams were honored.