May 19, 2010

Three Santa Clara Teams Earn NCAA Public Recognition Award for Academics

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University athletics department had three Bronco teams honored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as recipients of the organization's Public Recognition Awards for academic achievement.

Santa Clara women's crew, women's track (outdoor) and women's water polo teams all garnered the NCAA award. The distinction comes from earning high scores in the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) compilation.

"At Santa Clara, there is a culture for academic excellence in the athletic department, and the academic support is outstanding," said Santa Clara women's water polo head coach Keith Wilbur. "Every year, one of the team goals for women's water polo has been to do well in the classroom. The players embrace the challenge of working hard at their sport while also striving to do well academically. I really think the athletes at Santa Clara are true student-athletes, and our program is honored to receive this recognition from the NCAA."

Based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates, 841 teams have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards. These awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with their APRs.

"Most Division I student-athletes and teams take seriously their dual responsibilities in the classroom and on the court or field of play, but every year there is a special category of teams that perform exceptionally well and deserve this noteworthy recognition," said NCAA Interim President Jim Isch.

The APR provides a real-time view of a team's academic success by tracking the progress of each student-athlete during the school year. By measuring eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, the APR provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.