An SEC-record 65 conference teams received Public Recognition Awards for academic excellence after achieving Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the top 10 percent of their sport in 2020, setting a Conference record for the third year in a row.
Every university in the Southeastern Conference was represented on the awards list, including 65 teams in 19 different sports that were honored for their Academic Progress rate this year.
The NCAA recognized nearly 1,400 Division I programs from 326 schools for academic excellence after they scored in the top 10% of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rate results.
The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams.
Teams earning Public Recognition Awards increased to 1,380, up by 52 from the previous academic year, largely due to an increase in squads with perfect scores. APRs for programs in the top 10% ranged from 987 to a perfect 1,000. The number of teams posting perfect scores increased to 1,266, an increase of 52 teams from last year.
"The number of teams earning Public Recognition Awards - including those earning perfect scores - has increased again, demonstrating the commitment member schools and college athletes have made to high academic achievement," NCAA President Mark Emmert said. "Congratulations to these teams for their continued academic success."
Of the teams recognized, 499 competed in men's or mixed sports and 881 competed in women's sports. Every women's team earning a Public Recognition Award this year also earned a perfect score.
"I am especially proud of the success in women's sports," Emmert said. "The achievement in women's athletics is so high that scoring in the top 10% of your sport now requires a perfect score."
The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.
The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years. See the full list here.