NCAA Honors 50 A-10 Teams for Academics

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Atlantic 10 Conference has fifty of the 767 Division I sports teams being honored with public recognition awards by the NCAA for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores. This represents an increase of 16 A-10 teams from a year ago.

Note: Duquesne's Men's Swimming & Diving, and Women's Indoor Track & Field teams are among those cited.

These teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort. 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.

Among the 31 Division I conferences, the Ivy Group had the most number of teams honored (144), followed by the Patriot League (85), the Big East Conference (60), the Atlantic Coast Conference (51) and the Atlantic 10 (50).

"I applaud all of our institutions and student-athletes for the great example they have set," says commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. "Being recognized for outstanding academic achievement, combined with tremendous athletic success, is a great compliment to the educational mission of the A-10 and its member institutions."

Among the 21 sports sponsored by the Atlantic 10, women's indoor track & field and women's tennis both had a league-high six teams honored, while at least one team was cited in each of the nine men's sports sponsored by the Conference. Overall, Xavier had a league-best seven teams recognized in Conference-sponsored sports, followed by Dayton and Fordham with six apiece. Twelve A-10 schools had multiple teams garner distinction and 13 institutions had at least one program recognized.

Nationally, the teams recognized this year for high achievement represent 11.9 percent of the approximately 6,484 Division I teams. The list includes 448 women's teams and 319 men's or mixed squads. A total of 205 institutions, out of 331 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list.

Last year, a total of 712 teams were recognized. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on how many achieved perfect 1,000 APR scores.

Below are the 50 Atlantic 10 teams honored for academic performance:

Baseball Charlotte, Fordham, Richmond, Saint Joseph's
Men's Basketball Dayton
Men's Cross Country Rhode Island
Men's Golf Dayton
Men's Soccer George Washington
Men's Swimming & Diving Duquesne, George Washington, Xavier
Men's Tennis Dayton, Fordham, St. Bonaventure, Xavier
Men's Indoor Track & Field Richmond, Saint Louis
Men's Outdoor Track & Field Richmond, Saint Louis
Women's Basketball Dayton, La Salle, Saint Joseph's
Women's Cross Country La Salle, Rhode Island, Xavier
Women's Rowing George Washington, La Salle
Women's Soccer Dayton, Fordham, Massachusetts, Saint Joseph's
Softball George Washington
Women's Swimming & Diving Xavier
Women's Tennis Charlotte, Fordham, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph's, Saint Louis, Xavier
Women's Indoor Track & Field Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, La Salle, Saint Louis, Xavier
Women's Outdoor Track & Field Fordham, La Salle, Xavier
Women's Volleyball Charlotte, Saint Louis

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