The Hofstra Softball team was recognized by the NCAA recently as the program received the Public Recognition Award, which is based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR).
The awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent of their respective sport. This year’s awards are compiled using the academic and retention rates for the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
“We would like to commend the Hofstra Softball program on their outstanding work in the classroom,” commented Hofstra University Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway. “To receive the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award in honor of their work in the classroom is something in which we take great pride. We congratulate all the student-athletes and staff members that played a role in receiving this honor. Academics and athletics go hand-in-hand at Hofstra University and the softball team is a shining example of that culture.”
Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear NCAA Division APR. This 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. Specifically, these teams posted multiyear APRs in the top 10 percent of all squads in each sport.
The APR provides a real-time look at a team’s academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. The APR accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance.