June 11, 2010
SAN BRUNO, Calif. - West Coast Conference schools continue to exemplify the balance of athletics and academics in the latest NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR) report, released on Wednesday.
The WCC was one of nine Division I conferences (31 total) to not have a single team penalized. As APR trends continued to rise across the board, the WCC has consistently remained above the national averages. For the second straight year, 12 of the WCC's 13 sponsored sports earned APRs higher than the national averages.
"This year's NCAA APR report reaffirms our member institution's commitment to athletic excellence without compromising academic success," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich.
In the Conference's premier sport, men's basketball, the WCC showed significant improvement with an average score of 941, compared to the NCAA average of 940. Five of the eight WCC schools scored better than the NCAA APR average in men's basketball, led by Gonzaga University's score of 976.
Last month, the NCAA announced the Public Recognition awards, naming 16 WCC sports teams among those that were honored. High-performing teams receiving public recognition awards this year posted APR scores ranging from 978 to a perfect 1,000.
Headlining the list of WCC teams that posted a perfect 1,000 score is the University of Portland's nationally prominent women's soccer team. Gonzaga recorded perfect scores in men's golf, men's tennis, men's track (outdoor), women's golf, and women's rowing, while Portland's women's volleyball team also earned a perfect score of 1,000.
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.