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NCAA Release

NEW YORK – Twelve Columbia teams garnered Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards and four squads achieved perfect 1000 scores, as announced by the NCAA on Wednesday.

There were 954 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.

Columbia’s 12 sports that earned APR Public Recognition Awards included the baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, field hockey, football, softball, men’s tennis, men’s indoor track, men’s outdoor track, women’s indoor track, women’s outdoor track and volleyball. Field hockey, softball, men’s tennis and volleyball achieved perfect 1000 scores.

“These teams prove that it is possible to not only balance academic and athletic commitment, as most student-athletes do, but to exceed standards and post outstanding academic scores,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “The drive and determination shown in the classroom and on the field by these men and women represent what it means to be an NCAA student-athlete.”

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 score measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.

The 954 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 560 women’s teams and 394 men’s or mixed squads. In 2011, 909 teams were recognized.

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.

A total of 263 schools, out of 347 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. Additionally, eight schools that offer athletics in more than one division, out of 49 overall within the NCAA, placed Division I teams on the list.

In seven years of the NCAA’s academic reform program, 2,946 different teams have received Public Recognition Awards, representing 46 percent of eligible teams during that time. Of that total, 209 teams have received Public Recognition Awards each of the seven years of the program.


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