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Seven Creighton Teams Earn NCAA Honors For Top Academic Progress Rates

Seven Creighton Teams Earn NCAA Honors For Top Academic Progress Rates

Seven Creighton University athletic teams have earned recognition from the NCAA based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR). Bluejay teams honored include men's golf, men's tennis, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, women's soccer and women's volleyball. The seven teams from Creighton represented nearly 40 percent of the Missouri Valley Conference's 18 programs honored.

The APR provides a real-time look at a teamıs academic success each semester or quarter 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.

“The vast majority of sports teams are performing very well academically and exceeding the 925 threshold for their APR scores,” NCAA President Myles Brand said. “Nearly 800 of these teams are worthy of special attention, and I commend them for their excellence in academics and athletics.”

The 767 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 11.9 percent of the approximately 6,484 Division I teams. The list includes 448 womenıs teams and 319 menıs or mixed squads.

A total of 205 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 that do so within the NCAA, placed Division I teams on the list as well.

For the third consecutive year, Yale University had the most teams (28) recognized. By conference, the Ivy Group had the most number of teams honored (144), followed by the Patriot League (85) and the Big East Conference (60).

Last year, a total of 712 teams were recognized, including five from Creighton (men's golf, men's tennis, women's basketball, women's cross country and women's soccer).

Multi-year APR scores for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced May 6. The announcement also will include immediate and historical penalties for low-performing teams. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years. The number of teams in some sports may exceed 10 percent depending on how many achieved perfect 1,000 APR scores.

The public recognition awards by sport and institution can be found on the links below:

http://www.ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?ContentID=48769 and http://www.ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?ContentID=48770