Sun Devil Athletics by the numbers: Academic All-Americans

July 16, 2012

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ASU History of Academic All-Americans

Every year the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) updates its lists of who has the most Academic All-Americans in various forms. A constant among the ranks is Arizona State, who ranks among the best in the nation and in the Pac-12.

Dating back to 1962, the Sun Devils have produced 105 Academic All-Americans, and for the 2011-12 academic year tied for second among Division I schools with nine student-athletes earning the honor. Only fellow Pac-12 member Stanford had more recognized this year, with 12.

"The growing number of Academic All-Americans is a shining example of the power of partnership amongst coaches, student-athletes and academic support staff in the spirit of the New American University ideals," said Jean Boyd, a Senior Associate Athletic Director and the Director for Office of Student-Athlete Development.

As part of Arizona State's eight design aspirations to enable student success, the University is focused on outcome-determined excellence. ASU students have broad knowledge and perspective, build their own communities and are provided with a clear path to graduation. 

With the University's guidance, the "Office of Student Athlete Development serves as Sun Devil Athletics' catalyst for student-athlete's academic achievement while promoting the development of critical life skills toward life long achievement," Boyd continued.

Since the 2000s, CoSIDA released that Arizona State ranks seventh at the Divison I level and second in the Pac-12 with 62 Academic All-Americans. In just one year, the Sun Devils have moved up two spots in the nation in this regard (Aug. 1, 2011 release).

"In connection with Arizona State University's rise in academic excellence, Sun Devil Athletics has cultivated a culture of combined athletic and academic prowess that has produced 62 Academic All-Americans since 2000," said Boyd.

Those who earned honors in 2011-12 were: Elina Eggers (1st team, diving), Hillary Bach, (1st team, softball), Katelyn Boyd (1st team, softball), Bailey Wigness, (1st team, softball), Annie Lockwood, (2nd team, softball), John Kline (1st team, track and field), Jamie Sandys (2nd team, track and field), Nick Happe (3rd team, trak and field) and Cj Navarro (2nd team, track and field).

Pac-12 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans All-Time
Stanford, 174
UCLA, 113
Arizona State, 105Arizona, 91
Oregon, 84
Utah, 63
USC, 60
Washington, 58
Colorado, 51
Washington State, 46
Oregon State, 38
California, 34

CoSIDA Academic All-Americans All-Time (Division I)
1. Nebraska, University of 299
2. Notre Dame, University of 223
3. Penn State University 175
4. Stanford University 174
5. Texas, University of 124
6. Florida, University of 123
7. Bucknell University 122
8. Ohio State University 114
9. California-Los Angeles, University of (UCLA) 113
9. Georgia, University of 113
9. Oklahoma, University of 113
12. Tennessee, University of 112
13. Michigan, University of 107
14. Michigan State University 106
14. Alabama, University of 106
16. Arizona State University 105

Most CoSIDA Academic All-Americans Selections since 2000 (Division I)
1. Nebraska, University of 112
2. Notre Dame, University of 97
3. Penn State University 81
4. Stanford 78
5. Alabama, University of 70
6. Tennessee, University of 64
7. Arizona State 62

Most Pac-12 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans Selections since 2000 (Division I)
1. Stanford 78
2. Arizona State 62

Women's Volleyball Most CoSIDA Academic All-Americans Selections
1. Nebraska, University of 36
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 15
3. Stanford University 13
4. Penn State University 11
4. Florida, University of 11
6. Texas A&M University 10
7. Arizona State University 9
7. Georgia, University of 9
7. Northern Iowa, University of 9
7. Wisconsin-Whitewater, University of 9
7. New Mexico State University 9
7. Southern California, University of 9
7. Washington University 9
7. Central Missouri, University of 9
7. Southeast Missouri State University 9
7. Purdue University 9
(all numbers as of June 14, 2012)

National Cancer Institute awards $3M grant to ASU

July 17, 2012

Funding to help ASU promote cancer screening among underserved populations

The National Cancer Institute has awarded a $3 million grant to the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University to fund research to promote colorectal cancer (CRC) screening among underserved populations. Download Full Image

Of cancers that affect both women and men, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cancer killer in the United States, according to the most current data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The college is leading a four-year randomized study of 1,600 participants, titled “Navigation from Community to Clinic to Promote CRC Screening among Underserved Populations,” and will be conducted in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

The CRC screening study is an important part of the college’s strategic focus on health disparities among underserved populations, said Elizabeth Reifsnider, associate dean for research.

“This project is especially noteworthy as it will utilize community-based approaches with great promise for sustainability,” Reifsnider said. “Patient navigators can provide the bridge for underserved populations to access potentially life-saving screening.”

Screening rates for minorities and low-income populations are low due to lack of, or infrequent access to, primary care providers that would provide referrals for CRC screening. ASU professor Linda Larkey and Ohio State University professor Usha Menon, both principal investigators, said the aim of the research is early diagnosis of colorectal cancer to help reduce morbidity and mortality among these populations.

Two phases of study

The purpose of the first phase of the study will be to test the effectiveness of an intervention using “community-to-clinic navigators” to guide individuals aged 50 and over from especially hard-to-reach, multicultural and underinsured populations into primary care clinics to receive referrals for CRC screening.

In the second phase, the impact of the intervention on completion of CRC screening will be examined. Cost-effectiveness analysis will lay the foundation for further evaluation of the dissemination policy potential of the intervention.

The ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation is ranked 21st, or in the top 4 percent of graduate nursing programs, according to the 2012 U.S. News & World Report ranking of "Best Graduate Schools."