OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton University had a league-high four teams honored with APR Public Recognition Awards on Tuesday. The NCAA annually honors teams earning multiyear Academic Progress Rates in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
Earning the honors for Creighton were its women's volleyball, women's cross country, women's golf and men's cross country programs. This is the third straight year that women's golf and women's volleyball have been honored, and sixth straight occasion for women's cross country.
These awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates. The most recent APRs are based on scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.
Top-performing teams this year posted APR scores ranging from 977 to a perfect 1,000. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on the number of perfect scores.
The NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I sports team through its innovative APR, which provides an annual scorecard of academic achievement.
By measuring eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
"Most student-athletes excel at balancing their academic and athletics commitments, yet each year there are those who perform at extraordinary levels," NCAA President Mark Emmert said. "By achieving the highest levels of academic success as a team, these young men and women truly embody what it means to be a successful NCAA student-athlete."
A total of 239 institutions, out of 335 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. Another 11 schools that offer athletics in more than one division, out of 52 overall within the NCAA, placed Division I teams on the list as well.
For the sixth consecutive year, Yale had the most teams (23) recognized, followed by Brown (22) and Dartmouth (21). By conference, the Ivy League had the most number of teams honored (135), followed by the Patriot League (82), the Big East Conference (77), the Atlantic Coast Conference (61) and the Atlantic 10 (56).
Last year 841 teams were recognized, a number that rose to 909 this year.
In the six years of the NCAA's academic reform program, 1,992 different teams have received Public Recognition Awards, representing 31 percent of eligible sports teams during that time. Of that total, 260 teams, including Creighton women's cross country, have received Public Recognition Awards each of the six years of the program.
Full APR scores for all teams, including penalties for low-performing teams, will be released May 24.