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Notre Dame matched Duke for the top spot among Football Bowl Subdivision institutions for the most athletic programs to earn Academic Progress Rate public recognition awards, which the NCAA announced Wednesday.

Notre Dame and Duke each had 15 programs honored for multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in each respective sport.

Irish programs honored for the achievement were:

In men's sports: Baseball, basketball, cross country, fencing, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field.

In women's sports: cross country, golf, softball and swimming and diving.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes both retention at an institution and academic eligibility in its calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.

The effort is part of a public-recognition program the NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved in January 2006. Notre Dame has received public recognition awards each of the eight years of the program.

Full multi-year APR scores for all Division I sports team, including access to postseason play and penalties for low-performing teams, will be released June 11.