Five Loyola athletic teams awarded for academic performance

Loyola University Chicago athletes showed their ability to score on the field, on the court, and in the classroom, as five Rambler teams received NCAA awards for academic performance.

Loyola’s men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s indoor track, men’s outdoor track and women’s basketball programs received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA.

Here is the news release from the Loyola Athletic Department:

Five Loyola University Chicago athletics programs were among the more than 954 Division I teams honored by the NCAA today with a Public Recognition Award for scoring in the top 10 percent in their respective sport’s Academic Progress Rate (APR). Among 2011-12 Horizon League member institutions, only Butler (11) and Valparaiso (6) received more Public Recognition Awards than Loyola.

Loyola’s men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s indoor track, men’s outdoor track and women’s basketball programs received Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA. Several of those teams also had outstanding seasons with the Rambler men’s golf squad capturing its first-ever Horizon League Championship and ensuing NCAA regional berth. Loyola’s men’s cross country team finished runner-up at the Horizon League Championships last fall, while the men’s indoor track squad finished second at the league championships for its best showing since 2003.

In addition to the five programs that received a Public Recognition Award for having outstanding multiyear APR scores, a remarkable total of 13 of Loyola’s 15 varsity sports notched a perfect APR score for the 2010-11 academic year. Men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, men’s volleyball, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf, softball, women’s indoor track and field, women’s outdoor track and field and women’s volleyball each accumulated an APR score of 1000 in 2010-11.

Success for Loyola has not just limited to the classroom however. The Ramblers grabbed a fourth-place finish, their best since 2005-06 which also tied the best showing in school history, in the 2011-12 Horizon League McCafferty Trophy standings. Awarded annually, the McCafferty Trophy is presented to the Horizon League’s all-sports champion. Loyola was able to equal its best finish ever in the McCafferty Trophy chase thanks to Horizon League Championship titles in men’s soccer and men’s golf, along with second-place showings in softball, men’s cross country, women’s golf and men’s indoor track.

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. Specifically these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.

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.

The most recent APRs are multiyear rates based on scores from the, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.

Top-performing APRs this year ranged from 978 to a perfect 1,000, with the majority of teams earning a perfect APR.  A total of 263 schools, out of 347 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list. The 954 teams publicly recognized this year for high achievement represent 560 women’s teams and 394 men’s or mixed squads.


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