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LEWISBURG, Pa. – Once again this spring the NCAA is honoring Division I sports teams with public recognition awards for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores, and once again Bucknell ranks among the national leaders in number of programs honored.

The recognized teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. 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 965 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 second straight year, 17 Bucknell varsity athletics programs received NCAA Public Recognition Awards.

The honored sports are baseball, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s lacrosse, women’s rowing, women’s swimming and diving, women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, and women’s water polo.

Bucknell’s 17 honored teams represent 63.0 percent of the school’s varsity offerings, the fourth-highest total in the nation. Only Yale (28 of 35, 80.0 percent), Dartmouth (24 of 33, 72.7 percent) and Davidson (14 of 21, 66.7 percent) had a higher percentage of their varsity programs honored by the NCAA.

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Posted April 25, 2008