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    The UIC Athletic Department was the highest ranked school in Illinois on the NCAS Outreach Honor Roll.
    The UIC Athletic Department was the highest ranked school in Illinois on the NCAS Outreach Honor Roll.

    UIC Athletics Receives High Marks From National Consortium for Academics and Sports

    Feb. 8, 2008

    Chicago, Ill.- The National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) released its annual Outreach and Degree Completion Honor Roll this past January, and the UIC Athletic Department was ranked highly on both platforms for providing exemplary programs rooted in assisting the future success of its student-athletes and the surrounding community.

    UIC rated 13th on the NCAS Outreach Honor Roll. UIC was the highest rated school in Illinois on the honor roll and was third-best among all Midwest Region institutions, behind only Notre Dame and Michigan State.

    The NCAS requests data each summer from its member schools outlining the athletic department's efforts and impact in the community.

    UIC's Community Assist Program, which provides free bus transportation and tickets to athletic events for less fortunate youth in the Chicago area, gives an opportunity for countless young people to experience a college environment and see first hand that there is opportunity through education. In 2006-07 alone, UIC brought 15,000 youth to campus for a variety of athletic competitions.

    The Community Assist Program isn't the only way the UIC Athletic Department reaches out to its surrounding area. UIC's student-athletes, coaches and staff combined for over 8,200 hours of community service work at numerous events in 2006-07.

    UIC ranked 24th on the NCAS Degree Completion Honor Roll and was the highest rated program in the state of Illinois.

    The NCAS list recognizes the schools that provided assistance to its student-athletes to finish their degree requirements after their athletic eligibility had expired. UIC had 15 student-athletes utilize the program to earn their degree in 2006-07.