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Three DePaul Sports Earn APR Public Recognition Awards



INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. DePaul’s women’s basketball, women’s tennis and softball programs all earned honors from the NCAA for having multi-year Academic Performance Rate scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports the organization announced today. All three programs have also been nationally-ranked in their respective sports during the 2007-08 athletic year.

The NCAA is honoring Division I sports teams with public recognition awards for their latest multi-year APR scores. Teams being honored have 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.
 
“This honor is indicative of the commitment the DePaul University community makes to educate every student-athlete in our program,” Blue Demon Athletics Director Jean Lenti Ponsetto said. “We are extremely proud of the academic work our student-athletes have performed as well as our coaches for recruiting student-athletes who are as serious about earning success in the classroom as they are on the playing field.”

The three DePaul teams honored not only enjoyed success in the classroom but were successful on the playing field as well. The women’s basketball team reached the NCAA Tournament for the sixth consecutive year in 2007-08 while last spring the softball program appeared in the Women’s College World Series for the fourth time in eight years and is ranked in the nation’s top 25 again this season. The women’s tennis program recently completed the 2008 campaign with an 18-8 record and a fourth-place finish at the BIG EAST championships.

DePaul’s total of three teams honored represents the fourth-best total among all BIG EAST Conference schools while the women’s basketball program is one of two BIG EAST members to earn the Public Recognition Award and just one of six programs in a BCS conference to be on the list.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester 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 965 to a perfect 1,000.