SAN JOSE -- The continued improvement of San Jose State's academic scores were showcased again Tuesday as the Spartans football team recorded an all-time high multi-year Academic Progress Rate score for the fifth straight year.

SJSU's APR of 963 ranks it ahead of fellow California State University schools San Diego State (956) and Fresno State (950). The Spartans are third among Football Bowl Subdivision schools in California, ranking behind Stanford (978) and UCLA (966), but ahead of USC (945) and Cal (935).

The score is out of 1,000 and measures eligibility and retention among student-athletes. The current data averages scores from the 2009-12 academic years.

"We continue to show positive results in the annual APR reports," San Jose State athletic director Gene Bleymaier said in a statement. "Our student-athletes, coaches, academic staff, faculty and university administration are working together and finding more ways to create the best possible environment for academic success and graduation."

It wasn't long ago that the Spartans were in such disarray academically that they were dealing with reduced scholarships that help prevent them from building team depth. That began to improve under former coach Dick Tomey and progressed even more under Mike MacIntyre, who coached for three seasons before leaving for Colorado last December.


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The 2011 season marked the program's first with the full compliment of 85 scholarships and it's responded with a 16-9 mark over the past two seasons.

The SJSU men's basketball (940), women's soccer (984) and women's tennis (975) teams also posted all-time high multi-year scores. Women's basketball has the lowest score of 916.

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