ELMHURST, Ill. – A new record-high total of 25 Summit League teams representing all nine member institutions were bestowed with the NCAA Public Recognition Award, an honor given to teams whose most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) are among the top 10 percent in each sport. This season’s awards are based on 2013-14 figures.
Three schools received a Summit League-best four awards: Omaha, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. Another trio of schools each had three squads on the list: Denver, North Dakota State and South Dakota. IUPUI, Fort Wayne and Oral Roberts also had teams honored.
Omaha topped the league award total for the second consecutive year. South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois each increased their number of honored squads over the previous year.
Institutions receive a congratulatory letter from the NCAA for their honored squad(s). The following teams were recognized for their 2013-14 figures:
Omaha (4): Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Tennis, Women’s Track & Field (Indoor), Women’s Track & Field (Outdoor)
South Dakota State (4): Baseball, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Tennis
Western Illinois (4): Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Golf, Volleyball
Denver (3): Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Golf
North Dakota State (3): Baseball, Men’s Golf, Women’s Golf
South Dakota (3): Men’s Cross Country, Men’s Golf, Softball
IUPUI (2): Women’s Soccer, Volleyball
Fort Wayne (1): Women’s Golf
Oral Roberts (1): Women’s Tennis
A record total of 1,124 NCAA Division I teams earned Public Recognition Awards this year for high achievement, including 696 women's teams and 428 men's or mixed squads. Last year, 1,049 teams were recognized.
Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.