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NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – A record five Seton Hall athletic programs earned the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for logging a multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top-10 percent of their respective sports across the membership. The Pirates men’s and women’s golf, softball, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball teams received the award.

The NCAA made the public recognition announcement Wednesday as part of the 2013 NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program (APP). It marked the fifth straight year the men’s golf team was honored, the fourth consecutive recognition for women’s volleyball, and the second time softball received the award.

“This is truly a great accomplishment for our student-athletes. We are deeply committed to their academic success as it contributes to the mission of our University. To have five athletic programs recognized by the NCAA is a testament to this commitment,” said Director of Athletics Patrick Lyons. “Our students-athletes have shown their dedication to the classroom, and deserve to be recognized for their hard work.”

“We’re thrilled that more than one-third of all of our athletic programs have been recognized on a national level for their academic achievement,” said Director of Academic Support Services Matthew Geibel. “The goal of any institution is to retain and graduate its student-athletes and the APR is another metric that shows we have had a high-rate of success in these areas. This stems from a department-wide devotion to providing a well-balanced experience that cultivates an atmosphere in which our student-athletes can thrive both in competition, and in the classroom, and highlights the dedication displayed by the young men and women who represent Seton Hall.”

Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as APR. The rate measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance in each sport. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-2012 academic years.

Full multi-year APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced June 11. That announcement also will include APP penalties for low performing teams, teams subject to postseason ineligibility and head coach APRs.

The 976 teams publicly recognized were comprised of 594 women’s programs and 382 men’s or mixed squads, an increase from the 954 teams recognized in 2012. A total of 268 schools, out of 346 Division I colleges and universities, placed at least one team on the top APR list.

“The NCAA’s quintessential student-athlete exhibits dedication and commitment both on the playing field and in the classroom,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert. “These teams and programs truly embody the overall values of the NCAA, and have exceeded standards to post fantastic academic scores. We are delighted by such a clear example of our membership’s commitment to providing well-rounded experiences to student-athletes.”

In the interest of continuing to foster an environment that promotes academic achievement, a cornerstone of the recently launched Pirate Blue Athletic Fund Pride & Excellence Campaign will be the Charles W. Doehler Academic Center for Excellence.

The new space will feature a main study area, two group meeting spaces, two private tutoring rooms and offices for the department's full-time academic advisors.  The renovation will result in doubling the current size and creating a state-of-the-art environment to enhance opportunities for academic and personal development. 

A former SHU baseball player, coach and administrator, Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Famer Charles Doehler remained a lifelong supporter of the Pirates. Doehler served as a mentor to countless student-athletes throughout the years and the proposed Academic Center for Excellence will stand as a tribute to his, and Seton Hall’s commitment to the success of its student-athletes.

For more information on the Pride & Excellence Campaign and the Charles W. Doehler Academic Center for Excellence, please contact Bryan Felt, Associate Athletic Director for Development, at 973-275-6445 or bryan.felt@shu.edu.