Four North­eastern Uni­ver­sity var­sity teams earned Public Recog­ni­tion Awards for aca­d­emic excel­lence from the National Col­le­giate Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion (NCAA), an honor bestowed upon the aca­d­e­m­i­cally top 10 per­cent of teams nationwide.

The men’s indoor track, men’s out­door track, women’s ice hockey and women’s rowing teams scored in the top tier of their sport’s Aca­d­emic Progress Rate (APR), which tracks the aca­d­emic suc­cess of every Divi­sion 1 athlete.

The edu­ca­tion of our student-​​athletes must always be our top pri­ority,” said Peter Roby, Northeastern’s director of ath­letics. “To have four teams earn Public Recog­ni­tion Awards is evi­dence of our com­mit­ment to aca­d­e­mics and is a tes­ta­ment to the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of our student-​​athletes, our coaches and our aca­d­emic staff. We are very proud of their success.”

The APR pro­vides an annual score­card of aca­d­emic achieve­ment. In the six years since the NCAA insti­tuted the aca­d­emic reform pro­gram, Husky sports teams have earned 10 Public Recog­ni­tion Awards — eight of them in the past two years.

Most student-​​athletes excel at bal­ancing their aca­d­emic and ath­letic com­mit­ments, yet each year there are those who per­form at extra­or­di­nary levels,” said NCAA Pres­i­dent Mark Emmert, who announced this year’s awards on May 17. “By achieving the highest levels of aca­d­emic suc­cess as a team, these young men and women truly embody what it means to be a suc­cessful NCAA student-​​athlete.”

Nation­wide, 909 of the 6,385 eli­gible Divi­sion I teams were pub­li­cally rec­og­nized this year for high aca­d­emic achieve­ment. The list includes 525 women’s teams and 384 men’s or mixed squads.