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    NU Ranks Third Nationally in NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards



    June 5, 2013

    NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards Searchable Database

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- A school-record 14 of Northwestern's 19 varsity athletic programs received Public Recognition Awards today (June 5) as part of the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) program, ranking NU third nationally in honors per sport offered.

    The 14 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 four more than the previous school record of 10 achieved in both 2010 and 2012. Northwestern led the Big Ten in Public Recognition Awards by six over Penn State's total of eight accolades.

    With 74 percent of its programs publically recognized, NU ranks third in the country behind only Bucknell (76 percent) and Duke (75 percent).

    Wildcat 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 swimming, men's tennis, wrestling, softball, cross country, women's golf, women's lacrosse, women's swimming and volleyball. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.

    While leading their sports academically, these programs also have excelled athletically. Eight of the 14 advanced to postseason competition while combining for three conference titles (men's soccer, women's golf and women's lacrosse) and five top-20 national finishes (women's lacrosse, women's golf, wrestling, men's soccer, football). Football won the 2013 Gator Bowl to cap a 10-win season and top-20 national ranking.

    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 at 1:30 p.m. CT Tuesday, June 11.


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