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    Northwestern's NCAA APR Numbers Are Simply Outstanding

    Head coach Pat Fitzgerald's team has the best multi-year APR score of any NCAA Division I football program.

    Head coach Pat Fitzgerald's team has the best multi-year APR score of any NCAA Division I football program.

    June 20, 2012

    NU's 2010-11 APR Report Get Acrobat Reader

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern's most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released today by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is nothing short of fantastic, with eight of NU's 19 varsity programs earning perfect 1,000 scores and no Wildcat team below a 983, up two points from last season's "worst score."

    Northwestern men's golf, women's cross country and softball joined previous perfectionists men's soccer, women's swimming, volleyball, men's tennis and women's golf as NU programs with perfect 1,000 APR averages.

    In addition to those sports, eight other Northwestern squads recorded perfect scores for the 2010-11 academic year: baseball, men's swimming, wrestling, women's fencing, field hockey, women's lacrosse, women's soccer and women's tennis. That means fully 16 of NU's 19 varsity programs earned perfect APR scores of 1,000 during 2010-11.

    Northwestern football did not reach a perfect 1,000 APR score in the most recent period, but it deserves special mention here. The Wildcats secured a score of 997 in 2010-11 for a multi-year rate of 995, which ranks first in the nation among both FBS and FCS schools. NU is tied with Davidson College at the top of those standings.

    Ten 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 most in the Big Ten for the third-straight year and double the amount of awards any conference brethren earned this season. Wildcat teams honored for being in the top 10 percent were: football, men's golf, men's soccer, men's tennis, wrestling, softball, women's cross country, women's golf, women's swimming and women's volleyball.

    "After 10 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 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:

    • Men's soccer is one of eight programs nationally with a perfect 1,000 APR multi-year rate and is the only program from a BCS conference to reach that mark.

    • Women's swimming is one of 21 programs in the country with a 1,000 score and the only Big Ten program to make that grade.

    • Softball is one of 27 programs nationally with a perfect multi-year score and the only Big Ten member institution to achieve perfection.

    • Men's golf is one of two Big Ten programs with a perfect 1,000 APR multi-year tally (along with Indiana).

    • Women's cross country is one of three and men's tennis, women's golf and volleyball each are one of four Big Ten programs, respectively, with perfect 1,000 APR multi-year scores.

    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 (12 out of 19) in NCAA postseason play in 2010-11, highlighted by women's lacrosse's seventh NCAA championship in the last eight years and top-10 national finishes from women's fencing (t-8th) and wrestling (9th).

    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 (2007-12). Teams that score below 925 face varying degrees of penalties, something which no Northwestern team has ever remotely come close to facing.


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