March 1, 2005
Worcester, Mass. - The NCAA released the inaugural Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores on Monday, Feb. 28, with the Holy Cross men's ice hockey team receiving the highest score of 1,000.
Overall, men's ice hockey received a score of 968, second only to gymnastics (973). Private institutions received higher average APRs than public institutions in all sports, except men's water polo and men's rifle. Of the institutions that have men's ice hockey, the breakdown was 982 for private and 956 for public.
According to the NCAA, the most meaningful number in the report is 925, the APR score under which teams will be subject to penalty. That number was selected because it equates to a 50 percent graduation rate. Since the information is based on only one year (2003-04), the NCAA will not hand out penalties until two years' worth of data are collected.
Crusaders are one of 11 division one men's ice hockey teams to receive a perfect score. Joining Holy Cross with scores of 1,000 were American International, Bentley, Sacred Heart, Miami, Notre Dame, Brown, Colgate, Cornell, Harvard, Princeton and Rensselaer. Institutions which failed to the meet the required number of 925 were Vermont (900), Ohio State (892), Alaska-Anchorage (902) and St. Cloud State (898).