Men's basketball, women's basketball, golf, men's soccer, softball and women's tennis were all recognized by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards.
May 17, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - A total of six programs from DePaul earned honors from the NCAA for having multi-year Academic Performance Rate (APR) scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports the organization announced on Tuesday. Men's basketball, women's basketball, golf, men’s soccer, softball and women’s tennis were all recognized by the NCAA with Public Recognition Awards. The APR measures academic progress and retention of student-athletes receiving any measure of athletically-based scholarship assistance.
"Once again our student-athletes have proven themselves among their peers from across the BIG EAST and the country. To have six programs earning this NCAA distinction for their continued academic success speaks volumes to their dedication both on and off the court," said athletics director Jean Lenti Ponsetto. "The support system we have at DePaul enables our student-athletes to maximize their potential both in the classroom and in competition and it is indicative of the commitment and the culture supported by the DePaul University community.”
DePaul's total of six teams honored represents the fourth-best total among all BIG EAST Conference schools. Women's basketball, softball and women's tennis picked up the recognition for the sixth straight year while the golf team was honored for the fifth time in six years. Men's basketball is making its second appearance on the APR list and is just one of five BIG EAST men's basketball programs to be recognized. The six teams are also a high for DePaul, matching the six teams earning the honor in 2004-05.
Only DePaul and Villanova received the recognition from the 16 women's basketball programs in the BIG EAST while softball was one of four league teams, golf was one of six BIG EAST teams and women's tennis was one of seven programs in their respective sports on the APR 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 977 to a perfect 1,000. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on the number of perfect scores. The most recent APRs are based on scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.
A total of 909 teams earned the NCAA Public Recognition Award, up from 841 teams last year. The 909 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 14 percent of the 6,385 eligible Division I teams. The list includes 525 women’s teams and 384 men’s or mixed squads.
By conference, the Ivy League had the most number of teams honored (135), followed by the Patriot League (82), the BIG EAST Conference (77), the Atlantic Coast Conference (61) and the Atlantic 10 (56). Full APR scores for all teams, including penalties for low-performing teams, will be released May 24.