The University of Oregon’s women’s golf team has been honored for posting an academic performance that ranks among the best in the country among its peers as it relates to their latest multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores, according to data released by the NCAA Wednesday.

The Ducks’ women golfers were among 767 of the 6,484 Division I sports programs who were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement by finishing among the top 10 percent in the country in APR scores in their respective sports.

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 formula includes the athletes’ eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation.

The multi-year data encompasses the academic progress of student-athletes during the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years.

Oregon’s women’s golf team again posted a perfect score of 1000, indicating that every player in that pro-gram during that four-year span had not only remained eligible but graduated from the University. It was one of three women’s golf teams in the Pacific-10 Conference and 47 Division I programs nationally to be included among those honored by the NCAA.

High-performing teams receiving public recognition from the NCAA this year posted APR scores ranging from 976 to a perfect 1000, according to NCAA President Myles Brand. Oregon’s men’s basketball team, which was the recipient of the public recognition a year ago after posting a multi-year score of 975, barely missed the 2009 benchmark despite accumulating the identical tally as a year ago.

“This is certainly a great honor for the student-athletes involved to be singled out for the hard work they ob-viously have invested to make this public recognition possible,” Oregon Athletics Director Pat Kilkenny said. “It is one thing to attain those high levels of achievement in the first place, yet a far more impressive feat to be able to sustain that success. I feel these young women, and all of our student-athletes, deserve the attention for their success in the classroom as they receive in their fields of athletic competition.”

Multi-year APR scores for all Division I sports teams will be announced by the NCAA May 6.



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