The NCAA honored 58 ACC teams on Thursday for academic achievement.
Duke led the ACC, and was second among the six major conferences with 13 Public Recognition Awards, given to the teams that rank in the top 10 percent in each sport in the Academic Progress Rate.
The ACC was the only one of the six major conferences to have at least one team from each school honored and it was the only Bowl Championship Series conference with three football teams recognized – Duke, Clemson and Miami.
The APR is a metric used by the NCAA to track classroom performance, eligibility and retention for each semester. The NCAA refers to it as an academic "snapshot" and it’s different from a school’s graduation rate or graduation success rate.
The NCAA is scheduled to release the complete APR scores, from all sports, on Wednesday.
The teams recognized Thursday were based on the APR scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years. The top performing APRs from this year ranged from 978 to 1,000, which is a perfect score.
Boston College had the second-most teams honored in the ACC with 10 with Wake Forest (seven) third. North Carolina, with six, was fourth in the ACC and N.C. State, with four, was sixth in the conference.
The NCAA recognized 954 teams on Thursday, including five that won national championships.
Duke was the only ACC school honored in both football and men’s basketball. The Blue Devils were also recognized in eight other men’s sports (baseball, fencing, golf, soccer, swimming, indoor track, outdoor track and wrestling) and three women’s sports (fencing, lacrosse and volleyball).
Duke athletic director Kevin White said Thursday’s honor was "tremendous news" for the Blue Devils.
"Duke athletics has always been, and will continue to be, committed to excellence academically," White said in statement released by the school. "The young men and women representing their programs and the larger enterprise should be commended for their efforts. This is one metric by which those high standards are measured. Certainly, we are very pleased with the result.”
UNC was honored in men’s swimming and five women’s sports (cross country, fencing, golf, gymnastics and volleyball).
N.C. State was recognized in men’s cross country, women’s golf, gymnastics and mixed rifle.
Outside the ACC, Davidson had 13 teams honored, including football and both basketball teams, and Appalachian State had three.