June 20, 2012

ECAC Hockey programs shine academically

Staff Report

On Wednesday, the NCAA released the Academic Progress Rates for all teams in all sports. No league shined brighter than the ECAC in the ice hockey rankings. 

Dartmouth goalie Jody O'Neill's team notched a perfect score for the NCAA's Academic Progress Rates. (Photo by Dave Silverman)

Six of the league's 12 schools cracked the top-10, while 10 programs earned a spot in the top-20 among the 58 institutions sponsoring men's hockey programs. On the women's front, four programs made the top-10, while eight ECAC programs place in the top-20 out of the 34 women's institutions sponsoring the sport.

Here's more on this story, courtesy of ECAC Hockey's official press release: 

Brown, Dartmouth, Princeton and St. Lawrence led the way among men’s program with perfect scores of 1,000 to rank tied for first among all 58 varsity programs. Brown and Colgate highlighted the women’s programs, garnering top scores of 1,000. The four men’s programs and two women’s programs were honored by the NCAA June 15 with Public Recognition Awards for finishing in the top 10 percent of their sport in the most recent multi-year APR.

Clarkson and Colgate joined the men’s quartet of Brown, Dartmouth, Princeton and St. Lawrence in securing top-10 spots in the overall APR of men's ice hockey. Clarkson and Colgate finished tied for eighth among all 58 men’s programs. Union (tied for 13th) and Rensselaer (tied for 16th) earned top-20 spots overall. All 12 men’s programs finished among the top 25.

Princeton and Yale, tied for sixth, to give women’s league teams four spots among the top 10 overall. Rensselaer (11th), Harvard (tied for 12th), Cornell (tied for 16th) and Union (19th) earned top-20 positions to give the League eight slots among the top 20.

The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. Through its innovative APR, which provides an annual scorecard of academic achievement, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I sports team.