INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Achieving excellence is not only the goal on the field for the University of Delaware athletic programs, it’s also its goal in the classroom.


That’s exactly what the Blue Hen women’s tennis and women’s cross country programs have done, earning a third consecutive NCAA APR Public Recognition Award.


The NCAA today recognized more than 1,200 Division I teams for outstanding academic achievements. Based on their most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rates, these teams have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for posting scores in the top 10 percent of their sport.

Teams earning Public Recognition Awards increased to 1,284, up by 79 from the previous academic year, largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores. Of the teams recognized, 457 competed in men’s or mixed sports, and 827 competed in women’s sports. APRs for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 985 to a perfect 1,000, and the number of teams posting perfect scores increased to 1,188, marking an increase of 98 teams from last year.


“I applaud every program earning a Public Recognition Award this year for their commitment to going above and beyond to prepare students for life after college through academic achievement,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “To have nine national champions so far this year — including men’s and women’s basketball — be among those recognized illustrates that student-athletes succeed athletically and academically."

A total of 312 schools had teams recognized with Public Recognition Awards. Delaware's two programs were among 44 Colonial Athletic Association teams in 19 different sports that were recognized Wednesday as recipients of the NCAA Public Recognition Award, which is based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate.The awards are presented each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent of each sport. This year's awards are compiled using the academic and retention rates for the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

“Congratulations to our women's tennis and women's cross country student-athletes on this outstanding accomplishment and prestigious honor,” said Delaware Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Chrissi Rawak. “Academic success is the highest priority for our student-athletes and we are proud that these two programs have been nationally recognized. Congratulations to our student-athletes, Student Services for Athletes staff and our coaching staffs in their continued efforts to help our athletes reach their goals academically.”

APR scores for all Division I teams will be released May 23.


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.