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Angelo Roncalli
05-17-2011, 09:25 AM
Since the inception of the APR (Academic Progress Rate) in 2004, the NCAA has annually awarded recognition to the teams that are in the top 10% of the APR. The NCAA recently announced this year's awards.

The WCC teams acknowledged by the NCAA for the most recent APR period are:

Gonzaga

Men's Basketball
Men's Soccer
Women's Golf

Loyola Marymount
Men's Golf
Women's Swimming (not a WCC sport)

Pepperdine

Men's Golf


Men's Volleyball (not a WCC sport)

Portland

Women's Basketball
Women's Soccer
Women's Track (Indoor) (not a WCC sport)
Women's Track (Outdoor) (not a WCC sport)
Women's Volleyball

Santa Clara

Women's Rowing
Women's Track (Outdoor) (not a WCC sport)
Women's Water Polo (not a WCC sport)

Since the APR Recognition awards began, 78 WCC teams have received awards. A breakdown by schools:

Gonzaga: 31 team awards
Portland: 11 team awards
Pepperdine: 9 team awards
LMU: 8 team awards
Santa Clara: 8 team awards
St. Mary's: 7 team awards
San Diego: 2 team awards
San Francisco: 2 team awards

The APR is not calculated for men's rowing, it is not a NCAA sport (the IRA is the championship coordinating group for men's rowing)

Only 3 WCC mens basketball teams have received awards, USD in 07-08, LMU in 04-05 and Gonzaga in 09-10 (the latest reporting period). Interestingly, Santa Clara (whose fans constantly whine about alleged lower academic standards for GU basketball players) has never received an award in MBB. USD fans, who rank second to Santa Clara when it comes to academic whining, apparently should direct their criticism inward.

You can search school and conference results at this link:

http://web1.ncaa.org/maps/aprRecognitionAwards.jsp

webspinnre
05-17-2011, 09:38 AM
Bah, beat me to it. Another nice year of work for the GU athletic program.

Angelo Roncalli
05-17-2011, 10:44 AM
SPOKANE, Wash. (May 17, 2011 – http://www.gozags.com) – Gonzaga University had three sports receive high marks academically Tuesday as the NCAA announced more than 900 Division I sports teams have earned Public Recognition Awards.
Men’s basketball, men’s soccer and women’s golf were Bulldog teams earning NCAA Public Recognition Awards based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR). Gonzaga women’s golf has received a Public Recognition Award all six years of the program, one of 260 teams to be so honored.
The Association announced 909 teams have earned Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates. These awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with their APRs.
Through its innovative APR, which provides an annual scorecard of academic achievement, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I sports team.
Full APR scores for all teams, including penalties for low-performing teams, will be released next Tuesday.
“The credit goes to our coaches, student-athletes and the people in our academic support program who place a high value on academics and stress excellence in the classroom as well as on the field of competition,” Gonzaga University athletic director Mike Roth said. “We strive to win both academically and athletically, and while all of our teams achieve a high level of academic success, these three teams in particular should be commended for a superior performance when compared to their peers nationally.”
Gonzaga was one of two West Coast Conference schools to have a conference-high three teams recognized.
NCAA President Mark Emmert said top-performing teams this year 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.
“Most student-athletes excel at balancing their academic and athletics commitments, yet each year there are those who perform at extraordinary levels,” Emmert said. “By achieving the highest levels of academic success as a team, these young men and women truly embody what it means to be a successful NCAA student-athlete.”
Four national champions from the 2009-10 season are included in this year’s award list: Duke University men’s basketball; Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan campus, women’s bowling; University of Michigan men’s gymnastics; and University of Denver women’s skiing.
By measuring eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport, Emmert said. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.
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.
For the first time with its public recognition awards, the NCAA is separating the sport of football by its bowl and championship subdivisions.
A total of 239 institutions, out of 335 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. Another 11 schools that offer athletics in more than one division, out of 52 overall within the NCAA, placed Division I teams on the list as well.
For the sixth consecutive year, Yale University had the most teams (23) recognized, followed by Brown University (22) and Dartmouth College (21). By conference, the Ivy Group 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).
Last year, 841 teams were recognized.
In the six years of the NCAA’s academic reform program, 1,992 different teams have received Public Recognition Awards, representing 31 percent of eligible sports teams during that time. Of that total, 260 teams have received Public Recognition Awards each of the six years of the program.


Oliver Pierce, SID
Gonzaga University
502 E Boone
Spokane, WA 99258

(509) 313-6373 (o)
(509) 313-5730 (f)

pierce@athletics.gonzaga.edu

Angelo Roncalli
05-17-2011, 10:47 AM
Breakdown of Washington D-1 schools for most recent awards:

Men's Basketball Gonzaga University WA 2009 - 2010
Men's Cross Country Eastern Washington University WA 2009 - 2010
Men's Cross Country Seattle University WA 2009 - 2010
Men's Golf Seattle University WA 2009 - 2010
Men's Soccer Gonzaga University WA 2009 - 2010
Women's Golf Gonzaga University WA 2009 - 2010
Women's Golf University of Washington WA 2009 - 2010
Women's Soccer Seattle University WA 2009 - 2010
Women's Soccer University of Washington WA 2009 - 2010
Women's Tennis Seattle University WA 2009 - 2010
Women's Track, Outdoor Seattle University WA 2009 - 2010

What, no WSU teams?

CDC84
05-17-2011, 11:47 AM
From TSN:

http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/story/2011-05-17/duke-basketball-players-win-in-the-classroom-too


Duke won the 2010 NCAA championship for its successful work on the basketball court. That was established more than a year ago. On Tuesday, that group of players added another achievement when it was announced the Blue Devils had earned an APR public recognition award from the NCAA.

The awards are presented to programs that score in the top 10 percent of their sports in regards to APR -- Academic Progress Rate -- scores.

All four teams that reached the 2010 Final Four earned APR awards, including Butler, Michigan State and West Virginia.

Among other notable basketball programs on the list: North Carolina, Notre Dame, Gonzaga, Kansas, Cincinnati, BYU, Pitt, Memphis, Virginia Tech and Texas.

MDABE80
05-17-2011, 11:50 AM
Looks like the GU and Seattle U teams are taking home the lion's share.
Reinforces the idea that the kids we pick are trying harder.
Those other schools have bright kids too.
GU and it's athletes should be very proud (in a humble way) of this.

PilotNut
05-19-2011, 10:59 AM
Good stuff... it's great to see teams that not only excel in their sport on a national level (GU hoops, UP soccer, Pepp Men's volleyball), but also are top tier STUDENT athletes.

I counted different numbers on that NCAA database; 111 total team awards:
GU - 33 team awards
SCU - 18 team awards
UP - 17 team awards
Pepp - 16 team awards
LMU - 11 team awards
SMC - 7 team awards
USD - 6 team awards
USF - 3 team awards

And it is also worth noting that BYU has 9 team awards.

Angelo Roncalli
05-19-2011, 11:16 AM
Good stuff... it's great to see teams that not only excel in their sport on a national level (GU hoops, UP soccer, Pepp Men's volleyball), but also are top tier STUDENT athletes.

I counted different numbers on that NCAA database; 111 total team awards:
GU - 33 team awards
SCU - 18 team awards
UP - 17 team awards
Pepp - 16 team awards
LMU - 11 team awards
SMC - 7 team awards
USD - 6 team awards
USF - 3 team awards

And it is also worth noting that BYU has 9 team awards.

You get different results depending on how you search, conference search vs. school search. I haven't gone back to check the reason, it may have something to do with sports that aren't conference sports.