May 12, 2010

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

A total of 18 Bison varsity athletics teams — a new high-water mark for Bucknell — were cited for having APR scores among the top 10 percent in their respective sports. That figure ranks first in the Patriot League and fifth among all Division I institutions, trailing only Ivy League members Yale (24), Dartmouth (22), Penn (20) and Brown (19).

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 978 to a perfect 1,000. As APR scores improve, the threshold for teams to earn a place in the top 10 percent in their sport continues to rise.

Multi-year APR scores
Specific multi-year APR scores for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving Public Recognition Awards, will be announced later this spring.

In each of the first three years of the Public Recognition Awards program, 17 Bucknell varsity athletics programs were cited. This year, the Bison surpassed that mark with 18 honored squads: baseball, men's and women'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 indoor track and field, women's outdoor track and field, men's water polo and volleyball.

Among other Patriot League institutions, Holy Cross and Lafayette each had 16 programs cited, Colgate had 14, Lehigh 13, Navy nine, American three and Army one.

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Contact: Division of Communications

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