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UNH Athletics Tops NCAA Academic Recognition

April 30, 2008

The athletic department continues to excel nationally in both athletics and academics. UNH student-athletes were acknowledged this week as eight teams were honored publicly by the NCAA for their high academic achievement.

The awards are based on the NCAA’s latest multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores that were released on Thursday. These teams posted multiyear APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads nationally in their respective sports. The public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort.

The eight UNH teams honored were men’s cross country, football, men’s soccer, men’s indoor track, men’s outdoor track, women’s cross country, women’s indoor track, and women’s outdoor track.

UNH, a member of the America East conference, was the leader in the league with eight programs honored. UNH football, a member of the CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) is among a select few Division I football programs receiving this recognition. The second-best America East Institution had four teams recognized.

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 APR includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 965 to a perfect 1,000.

Multiyear APR scores for all 6,110 Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced Tuesday, May 6. The announcement also will include immediate and historical penalties for low-performing teams.

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