April 23, 2009

LEWISBURG, Pa. – The NCAA unveiled its third annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards and for the third straight year Bucknell ranks among the national leaders in number of programs honored.

A total of 17 Bison varsity athletics programs were cited for having APR scores among the top 10 percent in their respective sports.

That figure ranks first in the Patriot League, seventh in the nation, and fifth in the nation based on percentage of sports offered by the institution.

Academic success
According to the NCAA, the APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 976 to a perfect 1,000.

Multi-year APR scores for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving Public Recognition Awards, will be announced May 6.

For the third straight year, 17 Bucknell varsity athletics programs received Public Recognition Awards. The honored sports are baseball, men’s basketball, men’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, wrestling, women’s rowing, field hockey, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving, women’s indoor track and field, women’s outdoor track and field and women’s water polo.

See complete story at the official Bucknell athletics website.

Contact: Division of Communications

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