HANOVER, N.H. — A total of 1,284 teams from 312 NCAA Division I school were honored with Public Recognition Awards based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR).
Dartmouth had 18 teams that earned Public Recognition Awards, tying for third with Villanova, trailing only fellow Ivy League member Brown (20) and Holy Cross (19) of the Patriot League. The NCAA’s Public Recognition Awards have now been in existence since 2006 with the Big Green finishing in the top three each of the 13 years the honors have been bestowed. In that time, Dartmouth has a total of 290 awards, more than any other institution with Brown running second with 272.
The 1,284 teams publicly recognized for high achievement include 827 women’s teams and 457 men’s or co-ed squads. The award is given to teams that have an APR among the top 10 percent in their respective sport. APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport.
The total number of teams being recognized increased by 79 from a year ago, largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores. Scores for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 985 to a perfect 1,000, with 1,188 teams earning a perfect score, an increase of 98 teams.
Each NCAA varsity team is given a score on a scale from 1-1,000 (1,000 meaning that every individual on that team was academically eligible for the following term and either returned to school or graduated). All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 over a multi-year period to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance. All of the 26 Dartmouth teams measured were well above the penalty line. The current report measures enrollment from the academic years 2013-14 through 2016-17.
In all, 108 Ivy League programs were honored, comprising 8.4 percent of the total of Division I programs on the list, more than any other conference. The Patriot League was second with 100 qualifying and the ACC third with 96.
The Big Green is also tied for first in the nation with seven teams who have appeared on this list each year since it first began 13 years ago, matching Yale for the top honor. Those seven Dartmouth teams are: women’s basketball, football, men’s golf, women’s lacrosse, women’s rowing, women’s swimming and diving, and women’s tennis. No other school has more than four.
APR scores for all Division I teams will be released on May 23.
Men’s lightweight and heavyweight rowing, women’s rugby, men’s and women’s squash, co-ed equestrian and co-ed sailing do not contest NCAA Championships and therefore were not measured.
Dartmouth Teams Earning APR Public Recognition Award
Men’s Cross Country
Women’s Cross Country
Women’s Ice Hockey
Women’s Swimming & Diving