Air Force has nine programs recognized for April

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"To rank among the top 10 percent of programs in the nation, in their respective sports, is a remarkable accomplishment". "Our coaches, staff and student-athletes each work to prioritize classroom performance, and it shows up annually in the results put forth by the NCAA in Academic Performance Rate and Graduation Success Rate".

Over the past 12 years, Duke has ranked among the nation's top FBS institutions in terms of raw number of sports receiving the April public recognition awards: 2018 - 1. The nine recognitions for women's golf is a program record. The women's golf program has also been exceptional on the course winning a school-record seven tournaments in 2017-18.

Both teams are now in postseason competition, with the No. 5 women's tennis team headed to the Sweet 16 at Wake Forest, and the men's golf team is in the thick of competition at the NCAA Regional in Bryan, Texas, looking to secure their spot at the NCAA Championships. The 2016-17 honor was the first for the program and marked the first time a Razorback sport made its debut in the public recognition awards since both swimming and diving and volleyball earned their first honors in 2011-12. This year was the third straight for hockey and cross country.

The Long Beach State men's water polo and women's cross-country and beach volleyball teams were honored, as were the men's cross-country and women's cross-country and tennis teams from Cal State Northridge.

The actual April for each Division I team will be released May 23. APRs for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 985 to a flawless 1,000. The metric provides a real-time measure of a sport program's academic performance based on points earned each semester by student-athletes for their academic standing and retention.

The Central Michigan women's team was recognized by the NCAA with its Public Recognition Award for its outstanding academic achievements.

The NCAA has recognized a total of 77 Penn State teams with a Public Recognition Award since the program's inception in 2006. Duke 12; 3. (tie) Boston College, Stanford, U.S. Naval Academy 11; 6.