Baseball And Women's Basketball Receive 2009-10 NCAA Public Recognition Awards

The Quinnipiac University baseball and women's basketball teams were honored by the NCAA with 2009-10 Public Recognition Awards. The NCAA Public Recognition Awards identified teams that earned multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the top ten percent of their sport. Last year, the NCAA recognized 767 teams while this year's list of honorees included 841 teams.

"Each year the student-athletes at Quinnipiac University continue to raise the bar academically," Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald said. "Women's basketball and baseball particularly deserve to earn this repeated honor for their outstanding efforts in the classroom."

It is the second consecutive year that the baseball and women's basketball teams were recognized by the NCAA for their continued academic excellence. The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 academic years.

The 841 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 13.4 percent of the 6,297 eligible Division I teams. The list includes 492 women's teams and 349 men's or mixed squads. A total of 228 of the 331 Division I colleges and universities placed at least one team on the top APR list. Another six of the 50 schools that offer athletics in more than one division placed Division I teams on the list.

The APR provides a real-time view of a team's academic success by tracking the progress of each student-athlete during the school year. By measuring eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. An APR score of 925 is the minimum level of academic success; teams scoring below 925 can lose scholarships and face other sanctions over time, including bans on postseason play.