The Merrimack men’s ice hockey program received a third straight APR Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for the 2014-15 school year, and was one of just six programs to receive an award for the 2014-15 season.
The APR program was adopted in 2003 as part of an academic reform effort in Division I. It calculates academic performance using a team-based metric.
“The APR emerged when Division I presidents and chancellors sought a more timely assessment of academic success at colleges and universities,” the NCAA writes on its website. “At the time, the best measure was the graduation rate calculated under the federally mandated methodology that was based on a six-year window and did not take transfers into account.”
The APR system rewards academic performance and penalizes teams that do not achieve certain academic standards. Data is collected annually.
Merrimack also received an APR Public Recognition Award in 2012-13 and 2013-14. The Warriors join Dartmouth College, Princeton University, Rensselaer and Robert Morris as the only five schools to be recognized by the NCAA for their APR performance in each of the last three seasons.