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    Five Wildcat Programs Recognized by NCAA for Top APR

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Wrestling is one of five Northwestern sports being honored for its high multi-year APR score.
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    Wrestling is one of five Northwestern sports being honored for its high multi-year APR score.
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    April 22, 2009

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Today, five Northwestern teams are being honored by the NCAA with public recognition awards for their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores, covering the time period between 2004-08.

    Teams honored for being in the top 10 percent were: men's soccer, men's tennis, women's golf, women's volleyball and wrestling.

    These teams posted multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort.

    "To be certain, all of our varsity programs are scoring exceptionally well with the NCAA's APR system," said Jim Phillips, Northwestern's director of athletics and recreation. "These five programs, however, are excelling at the highest level among their peers -- this is a direct reflection of our talented student-athletes who are achieving excellence both in the classroom as well as within their areas of athletic competition."

    The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester or quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 976 to a perfect 1,000.

    Overall, 767 Division I sports teams are being recognized. Last year, a total of 712 teams were recognized.

    Multi-year APR scores for all 6,484 Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced May 6.