A total of six Saint Joseph's teams have earned Public Recognition Awards from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate for posting scores in the top 10 percent of their sport. SJU's programs honored for the 2017-18 academic year are: baseball, men's cross country, golf, men's track, women's soccer and women's tennis.
This marks the fourth consecutive year that women's soccer, women's tennis, men's cross country and men's track teams have received the recognition, while the baseball program has earned it the past two years. The golf team is receiving public recognition for the sixth time in the last eight years.
The 1,328 teams publicly recognized for high achievement include 857 women's teams and 471 men's or mixed squads. The total number of teams being recognized increased by 44 from a year ago, largely as a result of an increase in perfect scores.
Each year, the NCAA honors selected NCAA Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate. This announcement is part of the overall Division I academic reform effort and is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced May 8.