Lincoln - Nebraska's women's cross country
team was honored by the NCAA on Tuesday for their exceptional work in the
classroom as part of the NCAA's Public Recognition Awards. The Huskers were
honored for the second straight year and were among more than 900 teams from
across the country recognized for their outstanding classroom work.
Association announced that 909 teams earned Public Recognition Awards, based on
their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates. These awards are given
each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with their
innovative APR, which provides an annual scorecard of academic achievement, the
NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I
President Mark Emmert said top-performing teams this year posted APR scores
ranging from 977 to a perfect 1,000. The number of teams in some sports may
exceed 10 percent depending on the number of perfect scores.
student-athletes excel at balancing their academic and athletics commitments,
yet each year there are those who perform at extraordinary levels," Emmert
said. "By achieving the highest levels of academic success as a team, these
young men and women truly embody what it means to be a successful NCAA
cross country team under the direction of Head Coach Jay Dirksen has won
Nebraska's Herman Award the three of the past four years as the team with the
highest grade-point average on campus, including a 3.504 GPA during the 2010
2010 cross country season, the Huskers were named a U.S. Track and Field and
Cross Country Association All-Academic team, as they posted the eighth-best GPA
of the 192 teams honored across the country. Individually, six Huskers were named
first-team selections to the Big 12 All-Academic Team and were led by junior
Katie White, who posted a 4.0 GPA for the second straight year.
eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear
picture of the academic culture in each sport, Emmert said. The most recent
APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09
and 2009-10 academic years.
teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 14 percent
of the 6,385 eligible Division I teams. The list includes 525 women's teams and
384 men's or mixed squads.
A total of
239 institutions, out of 335 Division I colleges and universities, placed at
least one team on the top APR list. Another 11 schools that offer athletics in
more than one division, out of 52 overall within the NCAA, placed Division I
teams on the list as well.
sixth consecutive year, Yale University had the most teams (23) recognized,
followed by Brown University (22) and Dartmouth College (21). By conference,
the Ivy Group had the most number of teams honored (135), followed by the
Patriot League (82), the Big East Conference (77), the Atlantic Coast
Conference (61) and the Atlantic 10 (56).
841 teams were recognized. In the six years of the NCAA's academic reform
program, 1,992 different teams have received Public Recognition Awards,
representing 31 percent of eligible sports teams during that time. Of
that total, 260 teams have received Public Recognition Awards each of the six
years of the program.