March 1, 2006
The NCAA today released its Academic Progress Rate (APR) and the results show Stanford University among the best in the nation. Based on its success, the NCAA honored Stanford with Public Recognition Awards for 11 of its sports, making Stanford one of only five Division 1A University's to receive such recognition in as many sports.
The APR is the fulcrum upon which the NCAA's entire academic-reform structure rests. Developed as a more real-time assessment of teams' academic performance than the six-year graduation-rate calculation provides, the APR awards two points each term to student-athletes who meet academic-eligibility standards and who remain with the institution. A team's APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible.
Teams that are in the top 10 percent of their sport are awarded Public Recognition Awards. Stanford teams receiving these awards were football, men's gymnastics, men's tennis, men's volleyball, wrestling, women's fencing, women's golf, women's gymnastics, women's swimming, women's volleyball and women's water polo.
"Obviously, we are very proud of the academic success of our student-athletes," said Athletic Director Bill Walsh. "Stanford student-athletes come to Stanford to compete at the highest level, both athletically and academically, and they are committed to achieve success both in the classroom and on the playing field."
Only four other Division 1A Universities along with Stanford had 11 or more sports receive Public Recognition Awards (Boston College, Duke, Navy and Notre Dame).
Stanford's football progam was one of five Division 1A teams that were honored with a Public Recognition Award. The other four are Auburn, Boston College, Duke and Navy. Stanford had an APR score of 995 in football, among the 90th-100th percentile nationally.