Two University of Wisconsin athletics teams are among nearly 800
NCAA Division I teams being recognized for top academic performance as
part of the NCAAs academic reform program.
Based on their most
recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates, the Badger mens soccer team
and the UW womens volleyball team have earned NCAA Public Recognition
Awards. These awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10
percent in each sport with their APRs.
The APR provides a
real-time look at a teams academic success each semester or quarter by
tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR
includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation and
provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
teams receiving public recognition awards this year posted APR scores
ranging from 976 to a perfect 1,000, said NCAA President Myles Brand.
vast majority of sports teams are performing very well academically and
exceeding the 925 threshold for their APR scores, Brand said. Nearly
800 of these teams are worthy of special attention, and I commend them
for their excellence in academics and athletics.
The 767 teams
publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 11.9
percent of the approximately 6,484 Division I teams. The list includes
448 womens teams and 319 mens or mixed squads.
A total of 205
institutions, out of 331 Division I colleges and universities, placed
at least one team on the top APR list. Another six schools that offer
athletics in more than one division, out of 50 overall that do so
within the NCAA, placed Division I teams on the list as well.
year, a total of 712 teams were recognized. The number of teams in some
sports may exceed 10 percent depending on how many achieved perfect
1,000 APR scores.
Multi-year APR scores for all Division I sports
teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be
announced May 6. The announcement also will include immediate and
historical penalties for low-performing teams. The most recent APRs are
multi-year rates based on scores from the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and
2007-08 academic years.