May 13, 2010
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette College's athletic programs have been publicly recognized by the NCAA for outstanding academic performance. Sixteen of the Leopards' 23 teams achieved a high Academic Progress Report (APR) in the NCAA's most recent multi-year APR scores, up from 13 the previous two years.
That number puts Lafayette at the top of the Patriot League in conference sports, ahead of Bucknell and Holy Cross with (15), Colgate (13), Lehigh (12), Navy (7), American (3) and Army (1).
The teams were awarded for posting multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. Among the Lafayette teams honored were baseball, men's basketball, men's cross country, men's golf, men's lacrosse, men's soccer, men's tennis, men's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's lacrosse, women's swimming and diving, women's tennis, women's indoor track and field and women's outdoor track and field.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. It includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and paints a clear picture of the academic culture of each sport. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 978 to a perfect 1,000 over the data collection period.
The NCAA is honoring 841 Division I sports teams from 228 institutions with public recognition awards.
The eight member schools of the Patriot League combined to have 82 of their Patriot League-sponsored sports (and 90 overall) honored for their latest Academic Progress Rate scores. The conference's total was second among Division I conferences, trailing only the Ivy League schools which offer more sports. The Patriot League finished 20 teams ahead of the third-highest conference, the Big East.