The NCAA announced their Public Recognition Awards Wednesday with four Sacred Heart athletic programs being recognized for their academic achievements. The men's soccer, softball, women's cross country and women's golf teams were recognized for scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with respect to their Academic Progress Rate (APR). The four teams all recorded perfect APR scores of 1,000
This is the eighth consecutive year the Pioneers' women's cross-country team have made the list as one of the top APR teams, all with perfect scores. The 1,284 teams publicly recognized for high achievement represent 827 women's teams and 457 men's or mixed squads. The scores required to reside in the top 10 ranged from 988 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport. Earning a perfect APR score were 1,188 teams. A total of 290 schools placed at least one team on the top APR list.
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. This year's release will again include recognition in the sport of football by subdivision (i.e., Football Bowl Subdivision and NCAA Football Championship Subdivision).
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. The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16. 2016-17 academic years.