Five Programs Receive NCAA APP Public Recognition Awards


INDIANAPOLIS
– Five University of New Hampshire athletic programs –men’s skiing, women’s cross country, women’s indoor track & field, women’s outdoor track & field and gymnastics- have been honored by the NCAA for earning Public Recognition Awards based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate. These awards are distributed annually to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport. 

Top performing APRs this year ranged from 978 to a perfect 1,000, with the five aforementioned UNH programs earning a perfect APR. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.

“The NCAA’s quintessential student-athlete exhibits dedication and commitment both on the playing field and in the classroom,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said. “These teams and programs truly embody the overall values of the NCAA and have exceeded standards to post fantastic academic scores. We are delighted by such a clear example of our membership’s commitment to providing well-rounded experiences to student-athletes.”

Among other notable UNH programs, the women’s skiing team notched a 994 APR, which was bested only by the perfect 1,000 APRs registered by Dartmouth College and Harvard University among Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) schools. Women’s lacrosse boasted an America East-leading 991 APR, while the men’s ice hockey team finished second in the Hockey East Association with a 991 APR, behind Merrimack College (997). The women’s swimming and diving team posted a 991 APR to place behind Boston University (994) and Stony Brook University (994) among AE schools. The men’s soccer team paced America East programs with its 985 APR, and football tallied a 978 APR to finish one point out of first place (University of Maine) in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).

UNH Program

APR (2008-12)

League Rank

Men’s Skiing

1,000

1

Women’s Cross Country

1,000

1

Women's Indoor Track & Field

1,000

1

Women's Outdoor Track & Field

1,000

1

Women's Gymnastics

1,000

1

Women's Skiing

994

3

Men's Ice Hockey

991

2

Women's Lacrosse

991

1

Women's Swimming & Diving

991

3

Men's Soccer

985

1

Football

978

2

 

Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance in each sport. To ensure fairness, the NCAA provides APR adjustments for student-athletes who transfer with certain grade-point averages and those who leave in good academic standing for professional athletics careers. For more information, visit www.ncaa.org. 

For more information on UNH athletics, visit www.unhwildcats.com.

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