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Omaha Earns NCAA Public Recognition Award for Academic Performance

By NCHC, 05/06/19, 3:15PM EDT


Mavericks one of only nine Division I men’s hockey programs to be honored for APR success

This release was updated on Wednesday, May 8 to include specific APR scores released by the NCAA.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Omaha Mavericks hockey team earned a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for its academic success in the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) results, which were announced Wednesday, May 1 by the NCAA. The Mavericks were one of only nine NCAA Division I men’s hockey teams, and the only from the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC), to receive the honor after achieving an APR score in the top 10 percent of all Division I men’s hockey programs for the most recent multi-year APR data (2014-18).

The Public Recognition Award marked the first time in program history Omaha hockey achieved the APR distinction. The other eight Division I men’s hockey teams to receive the Public Recognition Award on Wednesday for their latest multi-year APR success are Army, Brown, Clarkson, Colgate, Connecticut, Minnesota, Princeton and Yale. Prior to Omaha, the last and only other NCHC team to earn a Public Recognition Award for an APR in the top 10 percent was Colorado College back in 2014 following the conference’s first season.

Omaha has been a leader in academic recognition by the NCHC since the conference's inception in 2013. This season, the Mavericks had an NCHC-leading 19 players, not including freshmen, named to the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team. It's the third year in a row and the fourth time in NCHC history the Mavericks have led the conference. In addition, an Omaha student-athlete has earned the NCHC’s Postgraduate Scholarship each of the last three seasons (Kirk Thompson, Joel Messner and Ryan Galt).

The Academic Progress Rate (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 ongoing academic performance in each sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.

Full APR scores for all NCAA Division I teams were released on Wednesday, May 8. Omaha led all NCHC teams with a score of 998 (out of 1,000), while Miami finished in the top half of Division I men's hockey teams with a score of 992. St. Cloud State was just above the men's ice hockey average of 986 with a score of 987, while Minnesota Duluth was just below at 985. The eight NCHC teams averaged an APR score of 982 for the most recent data.

A total of 1,328 NCAA Division I teams from 321 different schools earned Public Recognition Awards this year for APR scores in the top 10 percent of their sport, including 857 women's teams and 471 men's or mixed squads. This year's total number of teams recognized for academic success increased by 44 from a year ago. APR scores for programs garnering Public Recognition Awards ranged from 987 to a perfect 1,000, with 1,214 teams earning a perfect APR score, an increase of 26 teams from last year.

The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years. The NCAA hands out the Public Recognition Awards each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent plus ties in each NCAA sponsored sport. The announcement is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports.