WASHINGTON – Four teams at American University earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA on Monday based on their Academic Progress Rate results.
Men's soccer, women's cross country, women's track and field, and women's swimming & diving each earned a perfect 1,000 score in the APR metric. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I teams.
Public Recognition Awards are given to the top 10 percent of teams in each sport in terms of APR.
It was the second straight year the Eagles had four teams earn Public Recognition Awards. Women's cross country and women's track & field have won in each of the last three years.
The Ivy League and Patriot League finished first and second in the nation in terms of percentage of teams honored. The Patriot League had 44 percent of its teams earn Public Recognition Awards.
"We're very proud of the four teams being honored, and the academic achievement of all our programs," said Dr. Billy Walker, AU's Director of Athletics and Recreation. "We have included APR as a departmental goal in our strategic plan, as it is one of the important metrics we use to gauge the progress of our student-athletes."
The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester and provides a clear picture of the ongoing academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.
The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.