Each of the volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s golf and women’s cross country teams earned the APR Public Recognition Award in the NCAA’s latest rankings released Wednesday.
It’s the fourth straight year coach Don Walters’ women’s cross country team and coach Jim Hamilton’s women’s golf team were celebrated.
APR “is a term-by-term measure of eligibility and retention for Division I student-athletes that was developed as an early indicator of eventual graduation rates,” according to the NCAA’s website.
The APRs for all programs will be released next Tuesday.
A perfect score (or graduation rate) is represented by 1,000, while a 925 (50 percent rate) marks the threshold for which the NCAA can impose sanctions on athletic programs. During the 2012-2013 academic year, only 35 Division I programs faced penalties such as loss of postseason privileges or scholarship reductions.
In all, 853 Division I teams posted perfect scores in the most recent figures — up 53 from last year. Ten programs in the top 10 percent of their sports were national champions. Dartmouth (25), Brown (20) and Bucknell (19) had the most programs recognized.
To view the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award database, which dates back to the APR’s creation in 2004, click here.