Spartans Have Dept. Record 5 NCAA Public Recognition Awards

May 3, 2017

Indianapolis, Ind.----- A San Jose State University athletics department record five teams are recipients of a NCAA Public Recognition Award for academic success based on the Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores for the 2015-16 school year according to data released by the NCAA.

The men's cross country, women's basketball, women's golf, women's gymnastics and women's water polo programs earned the maximum possible multi-year score of 1,000 to earn the NCAA's Public Recognition Award given to schools with programs that rank in the top 10 percent of their respective sports.

"Today's news is the latest in a series of positive announcements that our student-athletes are succeeding and achieving academically on their way to earning their bachelor's degree," says San Jose State University interim director of athletics Marie Tuite. "In the last three weeks, we announced department record numbers for the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars Program, the University's annual Honors Convocation and now, the NCAA Public Recognition Awards program.

"Congratulations to our teams, coaches and academic staff that worked together to earn these awards. We are very proud of their commitment to academics, one of our core values."

Previously, three San Jose State University athletics teams were the most in one year to earn a NCAA Public Recognition Award and that was in 2016.

First implemented in 2003, the APR provides a real-time measurement of a team's academic success each semester by tracking scholarship student-athletes in the areas of eligibility, retention and graduation. A score of 930 out of 1,000 projects to a 50 percent graduation rate.

More than 1,200 NCAA Division I teams from 306 schools earned a 2017 Public Recognition Award. The most recent APR multi-year scores are based on the four-year period that includes the 2013 through 2016 academic years.

For the San Jose State men's cross country program, it is the third consecutive year being named a Public Recognition Award winner.

"We strive to get the best student-athletes both in the classroom and in competition. There is an emphasis on running being an important part of our student-athlete's life, but it's a complete -- success in the classroom, graduation and competition. This third consecutive NCAA award shows we can do it all and do it successfully," says Brad Wick, the Spartans men's and women's cross country coach.

Women's water polo is an award for the second year in a row. Women's golf and women's gymnastics are winners for the first time since 2011 and 2009, respectively. The women's basketball program earned its first NCAA Public Recognition Award.

"Our program has been committed to maintaining eligibility and seeing student-athletes graduate from the first day I stated coaching at SJSU. A degree from San Jose State is more important that anything we achieve on the court as a team or individually. The fact that we have established a competitive basketball program while also achieving this APR goal makes me very proud," says fourth-year women's basketball head coach Jamie Craighead. "We want to represent the University in the best possible light and I believe we do that. This achievement is proof of that, too."

APR scores for all 20 San Jose State University NCAA Division I athletics programs will be released on May 10.