Spartans' Men's Cross Country Earns NCAA APR Public Recognition Award

Sophomore Ben Branagh is a San José State University Dean's Scholar.
May 20, 2015 Indianapolis, Ind.----- With the maximum possible score, the San Jose State University men's cross country team is the University's latest NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics program to earn an Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Award.

The Spartans men's cross country program is credited with the multi-year score of 1,000 out of 1,000 covering the last four reporting years (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).

The NCAA's Public Recognition Award, established in 2005, annually honors those Division I programs committed to academic progress and retention with APR multi-year scores in the top-10 percent of their respective sports.

"Congratulations to our men's cross country student-athletes, coaches and academic support staff for earning national acclaim with a NCAA Public Recognition Award. The award endorses the team's consistent attention and dedication to their academic pursuits and the positive environment in which they represent San Jose State in NCAA Division I athletics competition," says San Jose State University director of athletics Gene Bleymaier.

The men's cross country team is the fifth Spartan program cited by the NCAA for superior team academic performance with an APR Public Recognition Award. Women's gymnastics (4), women's golf (3), women's swimming and diving (1) and women's tennis (1) previously earned a NCAA Public Recognition Award.

"Today's news is the first in a strong year by all of our sports," says Bleymaier.

The NCAA will release APR scores for all Division I programs on May 27.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each scholarship student-athlete. The APR score accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.