May 12, 2010
The West Coast Conference placed 16 sports teams among the 841 teams across the country that were honored with the NCAA's APR Public Recognition Award as announced by the NCAA office Wednesday afternoon. The 16 teams is an improvement from last year when 14 WCC teams were recognized.
Half of the league had teams that were recognized, and three had more than one sport team honored. For the second straight year, Gonzaga had the most teams in the WCC that were honored by the NCAA, earning eight public recognition awards. Portland had the second most teams with four, including its nationally recognized women's soccer team, while Santa Clara had three teams recognized and Pepperdine had its nationally ranked men's volleyball program honored.
"I want to congratulate all of the teams in the West Coast Conference that have been recognized by the NCAA for their academic efforts," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "The commitment of these programs to academic success is exemplary and truly representative of the emphasis placed upon the student-athlete mission by of our member institutions and the WCC."
Based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates, 841 teams have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards. These awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with their APRs. Full APR scores for all Division I sports teams, including penalties for low-performing teams, will be released later this spring.
High-performing teams receiving public recognition awards this year posted APR scores ranging from 978 to a perfect 1,000, said NCAA Interim President Jim Isch. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on how many achieved perfect scores. As APR scores improve, the threshold for teams to earn a place in the top 10 percent in their sport continues to rise.
"Most Division I student-athletes and teams take seriously their dual responsibilities in the classroom and on the court or field of play, but every year there is a special category of teams that perform exceptionally well and deserve this noteworthy recognition," Isch said.
The APR provides a real-time view of a team's academic success by tracking the progress of each student-athlete during the school year. By measuring eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
The 841 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 13.4 percent of the 6,297 eligible Division I teams. The list includes 492 women's teams and 349 men's or mixed squads. A total of 228 institutions, out of 331 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. Another six schools that offer athletics in more than one division, out of 50 overall within the NCAA, placed Division I teams on the list as well. Last year, a total of 767 teams were recognized.
NCAA Public Recognition Awards by SPORT
NCAA Public Recognition Awards by INSTITUTION
WCC TEAMS EARNING NCAA APR PUBLIC RECOGNITION AWARDS
Men's Track (Outdoor)
Women's Track (Indoor)
Women's Track (Outdoor)
Women's Track (Outdoor)
Women's Water Polo