Cardinal scholar-athletes recognized by the NCAA

Field hockey was among the teams recently recognized by the NCAA for academic achievement.

Twelve Stanford varsity athletic programs recently received Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA.

The 12 teams (six women, six men) posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all programs in their respective sports.

Stanford’s 12 programs receiving Public Recognition Awards include field hockey, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s fencing, men’s tennis, men’s track and field, men’s water polo, wrestling, softball, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics and beach volleyball.

Stanford’s dozen ranked third nationally among Power 5 schools, trailing only Northwestern’s 13 and Notre Dame’s 14. The Cardinal led the Pac-12, as no other school in the conference earned double-digit awards.

In men’s basketball, Stanford was one of 35 programs to earn recognition and the only Pac-12 selection. In women’s basketball, Stanford was one of two Pac-12 schools (Arizona State) and one of 55 overall.

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. 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 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.