March 2, 2006
Boston College's athletics program ranks among the best in the nation, according to the Academic Progress Rate (APR) that was released by the NCAA. Based on its athletes' success in the classroom, Boston College received Public Recognition Awards for 14 of its sports, matching the highest total of any Division 1A university.
The APR was developed as a more real-time assessment of teams' academic performance than the six-year graduation-rate calculation provides. The APR awards two points per semester to student-athletes who meet academic eligibility standards and remain enrolled at an institution. A team's APR is the total points earned by the team at a given time divided by the total points possible.
Teams that are in the top 10 percent of their sport are awarded Public Recognition Awards. Boston College teams receiving these awards were football, men's fencing, men's outdoor track, men's skiing, women's rowing, women's cross country, women's fencing, women's field hockey, women's indoor track, women's outdoor track, women's skiing, women's soccer, women's tennis and women's volleyball.
Boston College's football program was one of five Division 1A teams that were honored with a Public Recognition Award. The other four are Auburn, Duke, Navy and Stanford. Boston College had an APR score of 982 in football, among the 90th-100th percentile nationally.
The football team's APR was the highest of any school that was ranked in the final 2005 ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. Ranking right behind Boston College were Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Penn State.
Boston College and Notre Dame led all Division 1A universities with 14 sports receiving awards. Other schools having 10 or more sports honored include Duke (11), Navy (12) and Stanford (11).
Boston College's football program was one of five Division 1A teams that were honored with a Public Recognition Award.