MEN’S BASKETBALL, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY & WOMEN’S GOLF EARN NCAA PUBLIC RECOGNITION AWARDS

MEN’S BASKETBALL, MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY & WOMEN’S GOLF EARN NCAA PUBLIC RECOGNITION AWARDS

INDIANAPOLIS — Sacramento State's men's basketball, men's cross country and women's golf programs each received NCAA Public Recognition Awards for having Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores that rank among the top 10 percent nationally in their respective sports for the four-year period ending in 2016-17.

The Hornet men's cross country team earned the award for the seventh consecutive year and the eighth time overall. For men's basketball, it marked the second straight year the program earned the Public Recognition Award, and Women's Golf earned it for the first time.

In men's basketball, Sacramento State and Stanford are now the only two schools in California to ever receive the NCAA Public Recognition Award in back-to-back years. In addition, Sacramento State is one of just two Big Sky Conference schools to ever receive the Public Recognition Award in men's basketball, and the Hornets have done it twice. Portland State received the award once in 2012-13.

"These honors are a testament to the commitment for academic excellence by our student-athletes," Sacramento State Director of Athletics Mark Orr said. "To be able to balance an academic workload along with the rigors of competing at the NCAA Div. I level is not easy, and these teams were able to be among the elite in the nation."

Sacramento State has now seen 22 teams honored by the NCAA since the start of the APR in 2004-05. At least one Hornet squad has received a Public Recognition Award each of the last 11 years.

The NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I sports team through its APR, which provides an annual scorecard of academic achievement. The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship.

The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a measure of each team's academic performance. The current multiyear rates are based on the 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years.

Today's 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.