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“I’m incredibly proud of the students-athletes and coaches for these accomplishments.” – Marie Tuite, SJSU director of athletics
July 10, 2018
With the close of the academic year, grades are posted and San José State student-athletes can celebrate another banner year in the classroom.
Based on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores that measure retention and graduation, SJSU can celebrate its fourth straight year with a department APR score above 970 when the benchmark of 930 translates to a 50 percent graduation rate. Eighteen of the 20 teams had an APR score of 955 of higher in this year’s report and the goal is to have the department’s APR at 985 by the end of the 2018-19 school year. The men’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics and beach volleyball teams received a NCAA Public Recognition Award for earning the maximum score of 1,000 in the latest report.
“One of the core values of San Jose State University Athletics is ‘academics.’ Every single day we focus our attention on surrounding our student-athletes with the resources to be academically successful. Our dedicated advisors and learning specialists, not to mention our coaches and staff, recognize the importance and the priority of academic achievement,” said Athletics Director Marie Tuite.
“We celebrate this past year with the knowledge we can be better, and will continue to place academic interests and pursuits as the key priority of this department. Nothing is more important than earning a degree from San Jose State University. I’m incredibly proud of the students-athletes and coaches for these accomplishments.”
Of the more than 100 student-athletes that graduated this year, 19 graduated with honors. Thirteen were cum laude graduates (a 3.50 or higher GPA), five were magna cum laude (3.70 or higher GPA) and one graduated with the highest honor, summa cum laude (3.85 or higher GPA). Through increased focus and outreach, five former student-athletes …