Four Teams Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards

Graphic showing four NCAA public recognition award honorees.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Four teams at American University earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for academic performance, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

Women's cross country, women's track, women's basketball and women's swimming and diving were among the top 10 percent among their sport nationally in the most recent Academic Progress Rate metric.

Women's cross country and track also earned the award last year. Each of the four Eagles' programs earned a perfect APR of 1,000 in the most recent measurement.

"The NCAA public recognition program is an important metric for all intercollegiate athletic departments to measure their success academically," said Dr. Billy Walker, AU's Director of Athletics and Recreation.

"This is one of the metrics we use to gauge our student-athletes' academic progress. We feel it is a metric important enough to include in our ongoing strategic plan. We're all very proud of the four programs being honored."

The Ivy League and Patriot League finished 1-2 in NCAA Division I in the number and percentage of teams honored.

The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport.

The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.