Eighteen HBCU sports teams are being honored by the NCAA for top scores in the classroom. They joined more than 1,000 Division I squads recognized for posting Academic Progress Rate scores in the top 10 percent of their sport.
APRs for all Division I teams will be released May 14. The APR is an annual scorecard of academic achievement calculated for all Division I sports teams nationally. Teams must meet a certain academic threshold to qualify for the postseason, and they also can face penalties for continued low academic performance.
The 1,049 teams publicly recognized for high achievement represent 631 women’s teams and 418 men’s or mixed squads. In 2013, 976 teams were recognized.
The scores required to be in the top ten ranged from 980 to a perfect 1,000, depending on the sport, with the majority of top 10 teams earning a perfect APR.
“Each year, more and more teams are achieving perfect APR scores,” said NCAA president Mark Emmert. “We are proud of our member schools’ commitment to providing tremendous opportunities for student-athletes so they can succeed on the field, in the classroom, and in life.”
The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport.
The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-2012 and 2012-13 academic years.
Twelve teams from the MEAC and six from the SWAC were recognized.
|Baseball||North Carolina Central University||NC||2014 - 2015|
|Men's Cross Country||Hampton University||VA||2014 - 2015|
|Men's Tennis||Howard University||DC||2014 - 2015|
|Men's Tennis||North Carolina A&T State University||NC||2014 - 2015|
|Softball||Hampton University||VA||2014 - 2015|
|Women's Cross Country||North Carolina A&T State University||NC||2014 - 2015|
|Women's Cross Country||North Carolina Central University||NC||2014 - 2015|
|Women's Golf||Bethune-Cookman University||FL||2014 - 2015|
|Women's Tennis||Hampton University||VA||2014 - 2015|
|Women's Tennis||Howard University||DC||2014 - 2015|
|Women's Tennis||North Carolina Central University||NC||2014 - 2015|
|Women's Track (2015 and later)||North Carolina Central University||NC||2014 - 2015|
|Men's Cross Country||Jackson State University||MS||2014 - 2015|
|Men's Golf||Mississippi Valley State University||MS||2014 - 2015|
|Men's Tennis||University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff||AR||2014 - 2015|
|Women's Golf||Alabama State University||AL||2014 - 2015|
|Women's Tennis||Jackson State University||MS||2014 - 2015|
|Women's Tennis||University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff||AR||2014 - 2015|