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    Northwestern Continues to Excel in Latest NCAA Academic Progress Rate Data

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Tim Lenahan's men's soccer program is one of just seven in the nation with a perfect 1,000 multi-year APR rate.
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    Tim Lenahan's men's soccer program is one of just seven in the nation with a perfect 1,000 multi-year APR rate.
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    May 24, 2011

    Northwestern's 2009-10 APR Data Public Report (PDF Format) Get Acrobat Reader

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern has put together another of its patented impressive performances in the Academic Progress Rate (APR) program according to the most recent data released today (Tuesday, May 24) by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

    Every Northwestern program has a four-year average APR of 981 or better, which matches NU's overall effort from a season ago. Five different programs have perfect 1,000 APR averages with men's soccer, women's swimming and volleyball joining previous perfectionists men's tennis and women's golf on that list.

    In addition to those sports, seven other Wildcat programs recorded perfect scores for the 2009-10 year: men's golf, men's swimming, wrestling, cross country, women's fencing, women's lacrosse and softball. That means 12 of Northwestern's 19 varsity programs earned perfect APR scores of 1,000 during the 2009-10 academic year.

    Nine Northwestern varsity programs were honored last week by the NCAA with public recognition awards for being in the top-10 percent of their respective sports with their latest multi-year APR scores, giving NU the best percentage of honored programs in the Big Ten for the second-straight year. Forty-seven percent of Northwestern's varsity programs were publicly recognized; the next highest in the Big Ten was Penn State with 31 percent. Wildcat teams honored for being in the top 10 percent were: men's basketball, football, men's soccer, men's tennis, wrestling, women's golf, softball, women's swimming and volleyball.

    "After nine of our programs earned national recognition from the APR program last week, this week's complete report paints an even better overall picture of how well our student-athletes are performing in the classroom," Northwestern Director of Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips said. "Time and time again our young men and women demonstrate that Northwestern is a leader both on the field and in the classroom. Credit goes also to our tremendous coaches, who recruit quality young people into our institution."

    Of particular note are these specific achievements by several Wildcat programs:

    • Northwestern football's multi-year APR of 993 leads all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) institutions and ranks second nationally among all Division I programs behind Penn (995). The 993 is the Wildcats' best multi-year APR score, up from 986 last season. The average cumulative multi-year APR for the Football Bowl Subdivision is 949 according to the latest data.

    • Northwestern men's soccer is one of just seven programs in the nation and the only one in the Big Ten with a perfect 1,000 multi-year APR score.

    • Northwestern women's swimming is one of 19 teams in the country and the only Big Ten program to have a perfect 1,000 multi-year APR rate.

    • Northwestern wrestling has the fourth-best multi-year APR rate in the entire nation and the best in the Big Ten with a 988 score.

    • Northwestern volleyball is one of 35 programs in the nation and one of two in the Big Ten with a 1,000 multi-year APR rate.

    • Northwestern women's golf is one of three Big Ten programs with a perfect 1,000 score while Northwestern men's tennis is one of four conference teams with a 1,000 rate.

    Northwestern has been able to achieve its academic success while also competing at the highest level athletically; despite fielding a smaller number of varsity athletics programs than most BCS schools, Northwestern placed more than half of its varsity programs (11 out of 19) in NCAA postseason play in 2009-10, highlighted by women's lacrosse's NCAA runner-up effort and women's fencing's eighth-place national finish.

    Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility, retention and graduation of each scholarship student-athlete. The score also serves as a predictor of graduation success. All information in the latest report is for the past four academic years (2006-10). Teams that score below 925 face varying degrees of penalties.

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