Ohio State, Northwestern among top APR

Ohio State and Northwestern are the two Big Ten football programs that received public recognition for being among the top 10 percent of teams in the latest multiyear Academic Progress Rate scores.

The most recent APR scores take into account the measurements from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years. Fourteen football programs from BCS automatic-qualifying conferences received public recognition.

Northwestern was one of three FBS programs to receive public recognition for its APR scores in both football and men's basketball (Duke and Navy are the others). Ohio State had five of its athletic programs recognized, while Northwestern led the Big Ten for the second consecutive year with nine programs recognized. Penn State tied for the league lead with a school-record nine programs recognized.

APR scores for every NCAA team will be released Tuesday. Teams scoring below 925 on their APR can lose scholarships and face other penalties.