June 14, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's soccer team has been honored with the NCAA Public Recognition Award for its multi-year academic progress rate.
The award is given each year to teams scoring in the top-10 percent of the APR in their respective sports. Every team that received an award this season posted APR scores between 978 - 1,000.
"All of us at Marquette can be proud of this honor," said head women's soccer coach Markus Roeders. "We have fantastic student-athletes who compete at the highest level as they earn their degree and grow as individuals. Our environment allows these students to be the best they can be. Our student-athletes want to succeed, and we are grateful for all the support we receive from the University to excel. Our players are passionate about their experience and that's what our Marquette family is all about."
It is the third consecutive honor for the women's soccer team. Marquette is one of five BIG EAST women's soccer programs to be recognized by the NCAA.
Overall, the BIG EAST Conference had 70 teams recognized by the NCAA, the most among all Football Bowl Subdivision conferences, and third overall.
Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The score measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.
The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.