SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Seven of Cal Poly’s intercollegiate athletics teams have been recognized by the NCAA for academic excellence after scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rates.
Earning public recognition awards for the 2017-18 academic year are the Mustangs men’s golf, wrestling, beach volleyball, softball, women’s tennis, women’s track and field and women’s volleyball squads, the NCAA announced Wednesday.
Six of the teams compete in the Big West Conference, giving Cal Poly the most among all schools in the conference. UC Davis is second with five and Long Beach State third with four.
The Mustang men’s golf team, coached by Scott Cartwright, has earned a Public Recognition Award for six consecutive seasons. Women’s track, women’s tennis and beach volleyball were recognized for the second year in a row.
The wrestling team was honored for the second time while softball and women’s volleyball earned their first Public Recognition Award.
“Our teacher-scholar model is so important to Cal Poly and that philosophy is thriving in our athletic program,” Cal Poly director of athletics Don Oberhelman said. “Our student-athletes continue to succeed both in the classroom and on the field.”
More than 1,300 teams from 321 Division I schools are being recognized for scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports in the APR results. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams.
“These numbers show again the outstanding dedication of our student-athletes in the classroom,” Oberhelman said. “While we always aspire for greatness in competition, real success is realized by the great accomplishments of our student-athletes in the academic arena.”
Academic Progress Rates for all sports will be released by the NCAA next week. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. The APRs to be released next week are multiyear rates based on scores from the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.
Largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores, teams earning Public Recognition Awards increased to 1,328, up by 44 from the previous academic year. APRs for programs in the top 10 percent ranged from 987 to a perfect 1,000, and the number of teams posting perfect scores increased to 1,214, marking an increase of 26 teams from last year.
Of the teams recognized, 471 competed in men’s or mixed sports, and 857 competed in women’s sports.
“Congratulations to the programs earning Public Recognition Awards for their commitment to academic success,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “The number of perfect scores this year is an indication that schools and student-athletes are setting high bars for achievement, and we are proud that they are continuing to succeed academically as well as athletically.”
The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or academic term and provides a clear picture of the ongoing academic performance for each team in every sport. All teams must meet an academic threshold of 930 to qualify for the postseason and can face penalties for continued low academic performance.