ELMHURST, Ill. – A total of 16 Summit League teams representing seven member institutions were bestowed with the NCAA Public Recognition Award, an honor given to teams whose most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) are among the top 10 percent in each sport.
IUPUI and South Dakota State tied for a league-best four awards. The Jaguars received honors in men's golf, women's soccer, women's tennis, and volleyball. The Jackrabbits earned accolades in baseball, men's tennis, women's tennis, and volleyball. Fort Wayne, North Dakota State and Omaha each had a pair of teams recognized while Oral Roberts and South Dakota also were represented with team honors.
Women's golf, women's tennis, and volleyball each had the highest sport totals with three schools honored.
Institutions receive a congratulatory letter from the NCAA for their honored squad(s). The following teams were recognized for their four-year figures through 2015-16:
IUPUI (4): Men's Golf, Women's Soccer, Women's Tennis, Women's Volleyball
South Dakota State (4): Baseball, Men's Tennis, Women's Tennis, Women's Volleyball
Fort Wayne (2): Men's Basketball, Women's Golf
North Dakota State (2): Men's Golf, Women's Golf
Omaha (2): Women's Tennis, Women's Volleyball
Oral Roberts (1): Women's Golf
South Dakota (1): Softball
A total of 1,203 NCAA Division I teams earned Public Recognition Awards this year for high achievement, including 746 women's teams and 457 men's or mixed squads. This year's total number of teams recognized increased by 132 from a year ago. Scores for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 984 to a perfect 1,000, with 1,090 teams earning a perfect score.
APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 10. 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. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.
The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Celebrating its 35th season of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 80 Academic All-Americans, 75 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.