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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

May 6, 2008

NCAA gives UW-Green Bay student-athletes high marks
for classroom work

GREEN BAY-University of Wisconsin-Green Bay athletes continue to rank well above national averages in a report that measures academic progress of student-athletes in NCAA Division I sports.

The 2006-07 Academic Progress Report, released by the NCAA today (Tuesday, May 6), shows 14 of UW-Green Bay's 15 Division I sports ranked higher than the national APR averages for their respective sports. The report did not factor in women's golf, the University's 16th sport, which did not begin competition until the 2007-08 academic year.

Each Phoenix sports team had an APR mark higher than 950, led by a perfect score of 1,000 by the women's tennis team. In addition, 14 squads beat the national averages for Division I public institutions, while seven improved their APR average from the previous year.

"Given the quality of our student-athletes, coaches, faculty and staff, it's no surprise to see our academic success not only continue, but improve," Athletics Director Ken Bothof said. "We take pride in making sure our student-athletes give their best efforts both on the court and in the classroom."

The Academic Progress Report, now in its fourth year, measures the eligibility, retention and graduation of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team. It is designed to improve the academic success and graduation rates of all student-athletes.

The most recent APR scores are based on a multi-year rate that averages scores from the 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, and 2006-07 academic years.

The NCAA includes a penalty structure for programs that under-perform in areas of eligibility and retention of student-athletes. No UW-Green Bay team faces sanctions under the structure.

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