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Six Programs Honored with NCAA Public Recognition Award
May 3, 2017

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 volleyball 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 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years.

Women's basketball picked up the recognition for the 12th straight year and the program is just one of 93 teams from all sports that have earned the recognition in every year of program.

The golf and softball teams were honored for the 11th time in 12 years while men’s cross country achieved the recognition for the fourth straight year. The volleyball program was among the top 10 percent for the second 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 and 2014-15.

The 1,203 teams publicly recognized for high achievement represent 746 women's teams and 457 men's or co-ed squads. Scores for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 984 to a perfect 1,000, with 1,090 teams earning a perfect score.

The BIG EAST Conference produced 62 teams led by Georgetown and Villanova with 12 teams each in the top 10 percent. Butler, Creighton and DePaul totaled six teams on the list and Seton Hall and Xavier totaled five teams earning the recognition. A total of 306 schools from across the country placed at least one team on the top APR list.

APRs for all Division I teams will be released May 10. All teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.