Academic/athletic combination puts UCCS atop new ranking

October 5, 2010
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Athletic programs at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs are in the top one-third of NCAA Division II programs in the nation when success on and off the playing field is calculated, according to the author of a new study.

NCSA Athletic Recruiting, Chicago, compiled the rankings of colleges and universities competing in the NCAA through a formula utilizing the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup ranking, graduation rates as reported to the NCAA, and the school’s academic strength as gauged by rankings in US News. The combination is called the NCSA Power Rank, now in its eighth year of publication.

The rankings are often used by student-athletes and parents in helping select a college or university that is a good fit both athletically and academically.

NCSA Power Rank put UCCS in the top third (100 of 354) of all colleges in NCAA Division II and as only one of four members of the 14-member Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in the top 100. Other RMAC members included in the rankings were Colorado School of Mines (6), Regis University (81), and University of Nebraska, Kearney (84).

“Guides such as this are valuable tools for parents and students to fully understand the value of the athletic scholarship they are being offered,” Steve Kirkham, director, Intercollegiate Athletics, said. “I am proud of the combination of academics and athletics that UCCS offers and that those who don the Mountain Lion uniform are truly student-athletes.”

Chris Krause, chief executive officer, NCSA Athletic Recruiting, said:

“The Power Rankings are an objective tool to empower student-athletes to find the right fit in a college or university, not only for its athletics but academics as well. Our hope is to educate these student athletes and their parents on the importance of evaluating schools that will provide the education for an enriched, successful career after college in addition to athletic success.”

To see the rankings visit http://www.ncsasports.org/about-ncsa/power-rankings

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