INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA has announced a record number of better than 1,300 programs have earned Academic Progess Rate Public Recognition Awards, with seven Division I men’s volleyball teams on the list, and three of them EIVA institutions.
George Mason, Harvard and Saint Francis each repeated as men’s volleyball honorees. They also were recognized in 2018.
A total of 1,328 programs from 321 schools were recognized for academic excellence, scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most recent APR results. The annual APR scorecard is calculated for all Division I sports teams. The most recent report was based on the academic years of 2014-15 through 2017-18.
The honored institutions were announced earlier this year, and EIVA Commissioner Russ Yurk received a congratulatory message from NCAA President Mark A. Emert and John J. DeGioia, Chair of the NCAA Division I Committee on Academics.
“Thank you for your leadership and support of the academic success of your student-athletes,” the letter stated. “These teams represent the best in college sports. Once again, we congratulate you, the head coaches, student-athletes, athletics departments and campuses for the outstanding academic achievements of these teams.”
Yurk is proud to see three of the EIVA’s eight members honored – the most from any Division I men’s volleyball conference.
“I’m thrilled to see George Mason, Harvard and Saint Francis honored for their work in the classroom,” Yurk said. “They are three of just seven D-I men’s volleyball programs to be honored nationwide. They truly exemplify the meaning of student-athlete.”
Other institutions honored in men’s volleyball included UCLA, Southern California, Pepperdine and Purdue University Fort Wayne.