Three teams at American University – women's soccer, lacrosse and wrestling – earned Public Recognition Awards as having achieved Academic Progress Rate figures in the top 10 percent of their sports nationally for the 2013-14 academic year, the NCAA announced Wednesday.
The Eagles' women's soccer program earned a Public Recognition Award for the fourth straight year, with wrestling earning its third straight and lacrosse being honored for the first time.
"Achievement in the classroom is a vital part of who we are at American University; it drives our culture," said Dr. Billy Walker, Director of Athletics and Recreation. "We're tremendously proud of our success in this area and congratulate these three teams in particular on this award."
AU has had three teams earn Public Recognition Awards in each of the last three years.
American's achievements are part of a strong performance by the Patriot League this academic year. The league had 105 of its teams honored Wednesday, second only to the Ivy League (110).
The Academic Progress Rate (APR) measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport.
The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.
Patriot League Release: http://www.patriotleague.org/genrel/052015aaa.html