May 14, 2014
San José, Calif.----- The San José State University football, men's cross country and women's basketball programs earned all-time highs according to the National Collegiate Athletics Association's (NCAA) annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) report.
For the football program, the 2014 report marks the sixth consecutive year of an increasing score - now at 967. In the last six years, San José State football's APR score improved 79 points - the top gain nationally by a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) member.
For the second year in a row, San José State football has the third highest APR score behind Stanford's 984 and UCLA's 979 among the seven FBS schools in California. The 2014 report marks the third consecutive year San José State's APR score in football is ahead of California State University system schools San Diego State (960) and Fresno State (948) that compete with the Spartans in the Mountain West Conference. The University of Southern California (941) and the University of California (938) are the other two FBS schools in the state.
The APR is a real-time measure of eligibility and retention. The highest possible score is 1,000 and a 930 score projects to approximately a 50 percent Graduation Success Rate according to NCAA data experts. A score below 930 can result in sanctions involving practice time, scholarship awards and post-season participation. This year's report averages scores from the 2010 through 2013 academic years.
The Spartans' men's cross country team with a 990 and the women's basketball program at 947 also recorded all-time highs since the APR became the NCAA's primary academic success measurement in 2003. Women's volleyball (995), women's water polo (989) and softball (973) matched their all-time best score.
"We're extremely proud of the hard work and effort by our student-athletes in concert with our coaches and academic support staff," says Gene Bleymaier, San José State University's director of athletics.
Women's swimming (993), women's gymnastics (985), women's golf (984), women's soccer (977) and men's golf (970) were five additional San José State programs with scores of 970 or better.
Women's tennis (952), baseball (951), men's soccer (932) and men's basketball (911) round out the scores for the Spartans' NCAA Division I sponsored programs in 2012-13. A month ago, San José State announced its men's basketball APR score would result in decreased practice time and postseason ineligibility for the 2014-15 season.
"The men's basketball program set an all-time high for team grade-point average in the Fall 2013 semester," says Elizabeth Jarnigan, associate athletics director for student services, who also calculates the overall department's APR score as a solid 968. "At a time when the San José State University grade-point average for all student-athletes was over 3.00 for the first time, we can expect continued improvement of APR scores."
Since the 2012 report, 12 Spartan athletics programs matched or exceeded its APR all-time best scores a total of 19 times. Besides football increasing its APR score in each of the last three reports, women's water polo matched or exceeded its best every year since 2012, too. Men's cross country, women's basketball and women's volleyball did it twice. Men's basketball, baseball, men's golf, women's golf, women's soccer, softball and women's swimming and diving had its all-time APR score once in the last three reports.