INDIANAPOLIS -- Seton Hall University's Department of Athletics continues to achieve landmark success in the classroom as a school-record six varsity programs have received public recognition from the NCAA for posting a multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) in top 10 percent of their respective sports, the NCAA announced Wednesday as part of its NCAA Div. I Academic Performance Program. Seton Hall's baseball, men's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, softball and women's tennis teams all received the public recognition honor.
For the women's golf, softball and women's tennis teams, this is the third consecutive year that the programs have achieved public recognition status. This is the second straight public recognition for the baseball team. Men's basketball and women's cross country each achieved their first public recognition. The men's basketball team was one of only two basketball programs in the Metropolitan New York area to be recognized.
"We are so incredibly proud of our six varsity programs who have worked hard to reach the upper echelon of their respective sports when it comes to commitment in the classroom," Seton Hall Vice President and Director of Athletics & Recreation Pat Lyons said. "We as a department are very devoted to academic success, and we are proud that our student-athletes respond with hard work and dedication in their studies. Much of our success, including our record-high grade-point average, is also a credit to our academic support staff and our coaches, who ensure that education remains the top priority."
"We're so very proud of this achievement, with a record number of our programs earning this recognition," Director of Academic Support Services Matt Geibel said. "This is another example of how our student-athletes continue to excel academically. Whether it's an NCAA public recognition award, the fact that more than 75 percent of them make the Big East All-Academic team or that more than half of them earn dean's list, they impress us each and every day."
Seton Hall's six public recognition award recipients were among a select group in Div. I. Baseball was one of only 32 schools on the list; men's basketball one of only 39 schools; women's cross country one of 85 schools; women's golf one of 97 schools; softball one of only 38 schools; and women's tennis one of 109 schools.
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.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced May 27.APRs released this year will be based on scores from the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.
"We congratulate each of the teams and individual student-athletes for their dedication to academic success," said NCAA President Mark Emmert in a press release. "This achievement demonstrates their hard work and the commitment of NCAA member schools to provide students with an opportunity to succeed academically and athletically."
Seton Hall's excellence in the classroom is evidenced by the department's commitment to resources and the student-athletes' commitment to placing a high value on their education. Seton Hall supports its student-athletes with outstanding mentoring and tutoring, led by the Academic Support Services staff, and offers its student-athletes a state-of-the-art learning environment in the Charles W. Doehler Academic Center for Excellence, which was built less than two years ago and offers a main study area, group meeting spaces and private tutoring rooms.
Student-athletes have responded with posting the department's highest GPA ever. After the Fall 2014 semester, Seton Hall student-athletes had an all-time high 3.32 cumulative GPA, which came after achieving a 3.308 GPA as a collective during the fall.