EASTON, Pa. -- Lafayette College had 10 athletic programs receive NCAA Public Recognition Awards, given annually to teams with Academic Progress Rates in the top-10 percent of all squads in each sport.
The APR is the NCAA's measure of academic achievement for every Division I sports team which measures eligibility and retention each semester. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.
"NCAA student-athletes and schools continue to achieve unprecedented levels of academic success," said Mark Emmert, NCAA president. "We commend these programs for their commitment to academic excellence and dedication to preparing student-athletes for life after college."
The Leopards' baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's fencing, men's and women's track and field, softball and women's tennis and achieved the honor.
Ninety-three programs in the nation have achieved the distinction in each of the 12 years of the NCAA initiative. Included among them are Lafayette's baseball, men's and women's cross country and women's tennis teams. There are 20 Patriot League teams among the 93. Lafayette leads the way with four teams, joined by Bucknell, Holy Cross and Lehigh with four, Loyola with two and Boston University and Colgate with one.
In total, the Patriot League had 81 teams honored with Public Recognition Awards among its full members. Holy Cross had 18 teams win the award, followed by Bucknell (15), Colgate (13), Lehigh (13), Lafayette (10), Navy (8), Loyola (7), Boston U. (7), Army (3) and American (3).
For a full listing of Public Recognition Awards by sport, school, conference or year, visit NCAA.org.