Fifteen MW Teams Earn NCAA Public Recognition Award

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Fifteen Mountain West athletic teams have earned a Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for their high scores in the latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) compilation. The teams earned the honor for posting scores in the top 10 percent of their sport.

Of the eight MW institutions receiving the award, six had multiple teams on the list, led by New Mexico with three teams honored – men’s basketball, men’s tennis and women’s golf. Other Mountain West teams to earn the public recognition award this year included Air Force men’s golf and women’s tennis; Boise State football and women’s golf; Colorado State men’s cross country and women’s tennis; Fresno State women’s golf; San Diego State women’s cross country and women’s tennis; Utah State football and men’s golf; and Wyoming men’s golf. Scores ranged from 988 to 1,000 with 12 teams earning a perfect APR.

The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams. Teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason. The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for every team. The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.