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Ducks Shoot for Perfection in Latest NCAA APR Release
Release Date: 06/20/2012
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Five of the University of Oregon’s intercollegiate athletics programs posted perfect Academic Progress Rate scores for 2010-11 while the department’s overall benchmark improved by nine points in the latest data released by the NCAA Wednesday.

Oregon accumulated a multi-year total of 965 points for its 18 NCAA programs included in the study, which compared to 956 from a year ago.

The APR provides a real-time measure of eligibility and retention of student-athletes competing on every Divi-sion I sports team as it relates to the program’s academic success. 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 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, and 2010-11 academic years.

Oregon’s five sports that accrued perfect scores of 1000 in the latest year of the APR data were men’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball. Only the Ducks’ women’s golf team was able to achieve perfection in 2009-10.

In addition to the five programs tallying perfect scores, the school’s women’s indoor and outdoor track programs each posted 991 points, and women’s cross country 983 points, while four others – baseball (978), men’s golf (979), men’s tennis (978), and softball (972) - eclipsed 970 points. In fact, 16 of Oregon’s 18 sports all tallied 950 points or more in the 2010-11 study. Ten of the University’s athletics programs improved their single-year standing while an 11th – women’s golf – maintained its perfect score for the seventh year in a row.

The Ducks’ football program totaled 958 points in 2010-11 compared to the national average for all Division I football programs of 948. The school’s men’s basketball program scored 950, equaling the national average for that sport.Football accumulated 932 points in 2009-10 while men’s basketball improved from 912.

Also exceeding the national average for their respective sports in 2010-11 were Oregon's baseball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, women's lacrosse, women's indoor and outdoor track, and women's volleyball teams.

Oregon’s baseball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s lacrosse, women’s indoor and outdoor track, and volleyball teams also posted improved multi-year scores compared with the previous reporting period to complement the women’s golf team’s perfect 1000.

The Ducks’ women’s indoor and outdoor track squads accumulated the next best multi-year scores, posting identical accumulations of 991. The University’s men’s golf team was close behind with a score of 988 as 16 programs posted scores of 950 or better.

Yet it was the University’s men’s and women’s tennis teams that posted the biggest improvement in multi-year tallies from a year ago, rising to 955 and 952, respectively, in the four-year study ending in 2010-11 after finish-ing at 942 and 939 in the previous account.

Oregon’s men’s golf team improved from 976 to 988 in the latest release, women’s volleyball rose from 975 to 986, and the baseball team from 939 to 951.

Any team falling below the APR multi-year threshold of 925 is subject to penalties, which could include a loss of scholarships, with no Oregon program slipping to that level.

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