Both the Hofstra Softball and Women’s Tennis programs were recognized as part of the NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program. The two squads posted multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the top-10 percent of the team’s respective sport throughout Division I.
“We are so proud of the work that the Hofstra Softball and Women’s Tennis programs have routinely done in the classroom,” commented Hofstra University Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway. “Our goal at Hofstra is to create scholars in the classroom and champions in their respective sports. Both program’s student-athletes and staffs have clearly made that a priority. The NCAA’s Public Recognition Award is one of the organization’s most important honors and we congratulate everyone associated with our athletic department that played a role in this accomplishment.”
This year’s awards are compiled using the academic and retention rates for the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years. 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. It also accounts for eligibility, retention and graduation and provides a measure of each team’s academic performance.
The Hofstra Softball program was one of just 38 teams in Division I softball to be recognized. It is also one of only four schools in New York to make the cut, joining Colgate, Columbia and Manhattan. It was also one of just two Colonial Athletic Association programs to make the list along with Towson. The Pride made the list for the second consecutive season and the third since the 2005-06 campaign. Hofstra first made the cut in 2007-08.
The Hofstra Women’s Tennis team captured its first-ever APR Public Recognition award, giving Hofstra two teams on the list for the first time since the men’s and women’s golf teams both qualified in 2008-09. The tennis team was one of six New York-based schools to make the list.
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.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced May 27.