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NCAA Recognizes Seven University of Portland Teams for Academic Excellence

Seven University of Portland athletics teams have been honored for earning Public Recognition Awards based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate, the NCAA announced on Wednesday. Portland trails only Stanford in the Western United States for total number of teams earning recognition.

These awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport. Portland’s recognized programs included men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s indoor and outdoor track, women’s cross country, women’s indoor track, and women’s volleyball.

“Having seven programs recognized to be among the academic elite on a national level is tremendous,” said Scott Leykam, Portland’s Athletic Director. “These awards highlight the character of our student-athletes, the integrity of our coaches, and the support of both the athletic department and University administration. It showcases our passion of not only competing at the highest level athletically, but also providing the best opportunity to graduate with a valuable University of Portland education.”

The volleyball team has now been recognized seven consecutive years, while the women’s indoor track program earned its fourth straight award. Men’s basketball and women’s cross country were recognized for the second year in a row, while men’s outdoor track earned its first ever honor. Women’s indoor track has been recognized four total times and men’s indoor track three times.

Portland accounted for seven of the 27 total awards received by West Coast Conference member institutions. The Pilots trail only Stanford’s 13 awards among schools in the Western United States, which consists of all affiliated institutions from the Pacific-12 Conference, Big Sky Conference, Big West Conference, Western Athletic Conference, and Mountain West Conference.

A total of 976 teams from 268 different schools were publicly recognized.

Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate (APR). This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within 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 on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. 

Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced June 11. That announcement also will include APP penalties for low-performing teams, teams subject to postseason ineligibility and head coach APRs. 

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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