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March 16, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 13

NCAA Recognizes 14 BC Sports Teams for Academic Achievement

Fourteen Boston College athletic programs have been cited by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for their outstanding academic success, matching the highest total of any Division 1-A university.

The 14 sports - football, men's fencing, men's outdoor track, men's skiing, women's rowing, women's cross country, women's fencing, women's field hockey, women's indoor track, women's outdoor track, women's skiing, women's soccer, women's tennis and women's volleyball - all have been selected to receive a Public Recognition Award, based on Academic Progress Rate (APR) results released by the NCAA.

The APR, developed as a more real-time assessment of teams' academic performance than the six-year graduation-rate calculation, awards two points per semester to student-athletes who meet academic eligibility standards and remain enrolled at an 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 earn Public Recognition Awards.

Boston College and Notre Dame led all Division 1-A universities with 14 sports receiving awards. Other schools having 10 or more sports honored include Navy with 12, and Duke and Stanford, each with 11.

The BC football team's APR of 982 was the highest of any school that was ranked in the final 2005 ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. Last year, the Eagles compiled an APR of 978, ranking sixth of 117 Division 1-A teams.

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