The six teams honored with the public recognition award are the most by Mount St. Mary's University since the NCAA began tracking APR eight years ago. The women's cross country team has earned the public recognition award the past three years and four times over the past eight years. The men's tennis team has won the award in three of the past four seasons, while the softball, swimming, women's indoor track and field and women's outdoor track and field teams earned the award for the first time.
"We are very proud of the academic accomplishments of our student-athletes," said Lynne Robinson, Mount St. Mary's Director of Athletics. "It is a testament to their hard work in the classroom, in addition to the support they have received from our faculty, coaches, academic support staff and the Mount community. By achieving the highest levels of academic success as a team, these young men and women exemplify what it means to be a successful 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 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 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.
Top performing APRs this year ranged from 978 to a perfect 1,000, with the majority of teams earning a perfect APR. The 976 teams publicly recognized for high achievement this year represent 594 women's teams and 382 men's or mixed squads.
Multi-year APRs for all Division I sports teams will be announced on June 11.