Women's Cross Country Receives Academic Progress Report Award

Head cross country/track & field coach Jim Knoedel.

Head cross country/track & field coach Jim Knoedel.

June 5, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS - The UIC women's cross country program was honored by the NCAA Wednesday with a Public Recognition Award for its current Academic Progress Rate (APR), which ranks in the top-10 percent of the Division I ranks. The APR has become the primary tool used by the NCAA to judge a team's academic progress and serves as a predictor of graduation success.

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 rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-2012 academic years.

"This public recognition award is a reflection of the hard work and diligence displayed by our women's cross country and track & field teams and head coach Jim Knoedel over the past several years," said Athletic Director Jim Schmidt. "Academic success and earning a degree are top priorities in our athletic department. We're happy to see one of our programs recognized as one of the nation's best, and look forward to the complete APR report being released next week."

The 976 teams publicly recognized for high achievement represent 594 women's teams and 382 men's or mixed squads. Full APR scores for all teams will be released on June 11.

Both the women's and men's cross country teams finished in second-place at the 2012 Horizon League Championship.