May 7, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Twelve of Northwestern's 19 varsity programs received Public Recognition Awards today (May 7) as part of the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) program.
The 12 NU athletic programs were honored for being in the top 10 percent of their respective sports in the latest multi-year APR scores. The total is the second-highest in school history. NU led the Big Ten in Public Recognition Awards alongside Minnesota, which also garnered 12.
Northwestern led all FBS schools with the highest percentage of teams earning APR awards: Northwestern (63 percent), Notre Dame (58 percent), Duke (54 percent) and Minnesota (48 percent).
Wildcats teams recognized for being in the top-10 percent of their sports are: baseball, field hockey, football, men's golf, men's soccer, men's tennis, wrestling, softball, cross country, women's golf, women's swimming and volleyball. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
To view the full APR Public Recognition Award searchable database, link to NCAA.org.
While leading their sports academically, these programs also have excelled athletically. Currently, six of the 12 have advanced to postseason competition while field hockey earned a Big Ten championship this season.
Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport. This year's release will again include recognition in the sport of football by subdivision (i.e., Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision).
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
The complete NCAA APR report for the most recent data will be released Wednesday, May 14.
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