May 25, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - All 26 athletics programs at the University of Notre Dame again exceeded the NCAA Academic Progress Rate standards, as nine Irish athletic teams earned perfect 1,000 scores in the seventh annual set of APR statistics issued Tuesday by the NCAA.
Notre Dame's nine perfect scores of 1,000 were second only to Duke's 10 among the Football Bowl Subdivision programs. Boston College was third with six, followed by Northwestern, Michigan, Penn State, Texas, Tulane, the U.S. Naval Academy and Vanderbilt (five each).
The 2011 report released by the NCAA features a four-year compilation of APR data from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years. The APR uses a series of formulas related to student-athlete retention and eligibility to measure the academic performances of all participants who receive grants-in-aid on every team at every NCAA Division I college and university.
Five of Notre Dame's men's teams - cross country, golf, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field - all registered perfect 1,000 scores. In addition, four women's teams - cross country, golf, rowing and tennis - also earned perfect scores.
Fourteen other teams produced scores of 989 or better and came from men's lacrosse (998), men's ice hockey (997), women's lacrosse (997), women's soccer (997), women's swimming and diving (997), softball (996), men's swimming and diving (994), volleyball (994), women's indoor and outdoor track and field (993), men's fencing (992), baseball (989), men's basketball (989) and men's soccer (989).
The release follows the announcement last week by the NCAA of teams that posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The public recognition awards were part of the broad Division I academic reform effort.
Notre Dame had 17 of its programs honored last week for the multi-year achievement - baseball, men's basketball, men's cross country, men's golf, men's ice hockey, men's lacrosse, men's tennis, men's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field, women's cross country, women's golf, women's rowing, women's soccer, softball, women's tennis, women's indoor track and field, and women's outdoor track and field. Notre Dame had 14 programs honored in both 2010 and 2009. Eleven Irish programs were honored each of the previous two years, in both 2007 and 2008. Notre Dame this year led all FBS schools in number of programs honored, with Duke second with 15. Next in line were Boston College (11), Vanderbilt (10), Northwestern (nine), Stanford (nine), Penn State (nine) and Texas (nine).
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 both retention at institution and academic eligibility in its calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.