Three Mount St. Mary’s Teams Earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards for High APR Scores


Emmitsburg, Md. (May 8, 2014) – The Mount St. Mary’s women’s soccer team and the men’s and women’s cross country programs earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for posting an Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top 10 percent for their respective sports based on the multi-year rates.

The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport. Beginning with the 2004-05 academic year, the NCAA has announced Public Recognition Awards for the top 10 percent for every sport.

For the women’s cross country team, it is the fourth-consecutive academic year earning the honor and fifth overall. Men’s cross country and women’s soccer received the Public Recognition Award for the first time this season.

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally. Teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason. The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-2012 and 2012-13 academic years. 

The NCAA recognized 1,049 teams for high achievement representing 631 women’s teams and 418 men’s or mixed squads. The total number of teams is up from last year's mark of 976 teams. The scores required to be in the top ten ranged from 980 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport.