Bucknell University & St. Francis College Claim NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards in Men's Water Polo
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Bucknell University and St. Francis College were among only three schools to receive NCAA Academic Progress Rates (APR) Public Recognition awards in men's water polo for the 2010-11 academic year. These awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport.
The Bison and Terriers are joined by Stanford University as the only men's programs to rank among the Top 10.
In the history of the awards, Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) institutions have dominated the list of recognized programs as league members have accounted for 17-of-27 awards (63 percent) since the accolades inception following the 2004-05 academic year.
Overall, St. Francis garners its first award, while Bucknell claims its third consecutive honor after previously being recognized in 2009 and 2010. The Bison's accolade ties Bucknell with Pepperdine Universty (2005, 2006, 2007), Stanford (2009, 2010, 2011) and the University of California-Davis (2007, 2008, 2009) for the third most honors behind CWPA academic powerhouses Harvard University (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008) and Brown University (2006, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010).
The only other men's institutions to claim an award in the history of the rankings are also from the CWPA as Princeton University (2005, 2006) and Fordham University (2006) previously picked up accolades.
Full APRs for all teams, including access to postseason play and penalties for low-performing teams, will be released June 20.
Teams that fail to achieve an APR score of 925 - equivalent to a 50% graduation rate - may be penalized by the NCAA. A perfect APR score is 1,000 as scores are calculated as follows:
Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one retention point for staying in school and one eligibility point for being academically eligible. A team’s total points are divided by the points possible and then multiplied by one thousand to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate score. Example: A Division I Football Bowl Subdivision team awards the full complement of 85 grants-in-aid. If 80 student-athletes remain in school and academically eligible, three remain in school but are academically ineligible and two drop out academically ineligible, the team earns 163 of 170 possible points for that term. Divide 163 by 170 and multiply by 1,000 to determine that the team’s Academic Progress Rate for that term is 959.
The NCAA calculates the rate as a rolling, four-year figure that takes into account all the points student-athletes could earn for remaining in school and academically eligible during that period. Teams that do not earn an Academic Progress Rate above specific benchmarks face penalties ranging from scholarship reductions to more severe sanctions like restrictions on scholarships and practice time
More than 950 NCAA Division I sports teams were honored by the NCAA for earning Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate.
The 954 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 560 women’s teams and 394 men’s or mixed squads.
"These teams prove that it is possible to not only balance academic and athletic commitment, as most student-athletes do; but to exceed standards and post outstanding academic scores," said NCAA President Mark Emmert. "The drive and determination shown in the classroom and on the field by these men and women represent what it means to be an NCAA student-athlete."
A total of 263 schools, out of 347 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. Additionally, eight schools that offer athletics in more than one division, out of 49 overall within the NCAA, placed Division I teams on the list.
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 score measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.
|NCAA Men's Water Polo APR Awards (2005-2011)|
|Men's Water Polo||Brown University||RI||2004 - 2005|
|Men's Water Polo||Brown University||RI||2005 - 2006|
|Men's Water Polo||Brown University||RI||2006 - 2007|
|Men's Water Polo||Brown University||RI||2007 - 2008|
|Men's Water Polo||Brown University||RI||2008 - 2009|
|Men's Water Polo||Brown University||RI||2009 - 2010|
|Men's Water Polo||Bucknell University||PA||2008 - 2009|
|Men's Water Polo||Bucknell University||PA||2009 - 2010|
|Men's Water Polo||Bucknell University||PA||2010 - 2011|
|Men's Water Polo||Fordham University||NY||2005 - 2006|
|Men's Water Polo||Harvard University||MA||2004 - 2005|
|Men's Water Polo||Harvard University||MA||2005 - 2006|
|Men's Water Polo||Harvard University||MA||2006 - 2007|
|Men's Water Polo||Harvard University||MA||2007 - 2008|
|Men's Water Polo||Long Beach State University||CA||2004 - 2005|
|Men's Water Polo||Pepperdine University||CA||2004 - 2005|
|Men's Water Polo||Pepperdine University||CA||2005 - 2006|
|Men's Water Polo||Pepperdine University||CA||2006 - 2007|
|Men's Water Polo||Princeton University||NJ||2004 - 2005|
|Men's Water Polo||Princeton University||NJ||2005 - 2006|
|Men's Water Polo||St. Francis College (New York)||NY||2010 - 2011|
|Men's Water Polo||Stanford University||CA||2008 - 2009|
|Men's Water Polo||Stanford University||CA||2009 - 2010|
|Men's Water Polo||Stanford University||CA||2010 - 2011|
|Men's Water Polo||University of California, Davis||CA||2006 - 2007|
|Men's Water Polo||University of California, Davis||CA||2007 - 2008|
|Men's Water Polo||University of California, Davis||CA||2008 - 2009|