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Six Programs Earn NCAA Public Recognition Award
May 16, 2018

CHICAGO – Six DePaul programs were recognized with Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for having multi-year Academic Performance Rate (APR) scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. Women's basketball, men's cross country, women’s cross country, men's golf, softball and men’s tennis were all recognized by the NCAA.

The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each term and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

Women's basketball picked up the recognition for the 13th straight year and the program is just one of 85 teams from all sports that have earned the recognition in every year of program.

The golf and softball teams were honored for the 12th time in 13 years while men’s cross country achieved the recognition for the fifth straight year.

DePaul's highest total was seven teams in 2010-11 and 2011-12 after having six teams earn the honor in 2004-05, 2009-10, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Teams earning Public Recognition Awards increased to 1,284, up by 79 from the previous academic year, largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores. Of the teams recognized, 457 competed in men’s or mixed sports, and 827 competed in women’s sports. APRs for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 985 to a perfect 1,000, and the number of teams posting perfect scores increased to 1,188, marking an increase of 98 teams from last year.

APRs for all Division I teams will be released May 23. All teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.

CBSSports.com

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