Notre Dame achieved a mark of more than 90 percent graduations among student-athletes.

NCAA Honors 11 Irish Athletic Programs For Academics

April 30, 2007

The University of Notre Dame again ranks among the national leaders as the NCAA this week honored more than 800 Division I sports teams with public recognition awards for their latest Academic Progress Rate scores.

These teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort.

The 839 teams receiving awards this year represent 217 Division I colleges and universities, or two-thirds of the 326 institutions that compete in NCAA Division I athletics. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 975 to a perfect 1,000, said NCAA President Myles Brand.

“These teams prove once again that student-athletes are students first, and many of them are excellent students,” Brand said. “I want to personally congratulate these teams and their student-athletes who are working hard in their sport and in the classroom and setting a great example for all students.”

Notre Dame had 11 of its programs honored for the multi-year achievement – men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s fencing, men’s golf, men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, women’s fencing, women’s soccer, women’s softball, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball.

Among Division I football-playing institutions, the only schools that had more programs honored than the 11 by Notre Dame were the U.S. Naval Academy (14), Boston College (12) and Stanford (12). Duke and Rice also had 11 programs honored. Next in line were Northwestern (nine) and North Carolina (seven).

“This is yet another indication of the high level at which our student-athletes are performing in the classroom,” said Notre Dame athletics director Kevin White.

Of the teams receiving awards for their latest academic performance are 366 men’s and mixed teams and 473 women’s teams. The men’s sports with the highest number of teams garnering public recognition are golf (51), cross country (49) and tennis (40). The women’s sports with the highest number of teams receiving awards are tennis (64), volleyball (54) and golf (52).

The Ivy League is the Division I conference with the largest number of high-performing squads, with 152 teams receiving awards. The Patriot League had 92 teams receiving awards, followed by the Big East with 63 teams. Yale University had 28 teams receive public recognition awards, the most of any Division I college or university.

Last year, a total of 1,048 teams were recognized. There are fewer awards this year than last year because there are fewer teams with perfect scores. 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 6,110 Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced Wednesday (May 2). The announcement also will include immediate and historical penalties for low-performing teams.