FGCU Continues Record Academic Success After Strong Fall Semester
Thursday, April 04, 2013 | by Andrew Piper (@ADPiper7)
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Continuing its history of success within the classroom, seven of the fifteen (six men’s and nine women’s) FGCU Division I intercollegiate programs set new records for semester student-athlete grade point average (GPA) and six teams established their highest ever overall GPAs after the Fall 2012 academic semester.

“We are extremely proud of the continued outstanding academic performances of our student-athletes,” said FGCU Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh. “In particular, I would like to recognize Assistant Athletic Director for Academic and Regulatory Affairs Brynn Richter and the rest of her terrific athletic academic advising staff. These significant results remain a by-product of the diligent efforts of the fine young men and women in our program, as well as the daily contributions by our coaches, academic advising units and FGCU’s quality faculty. We pride ourselves at FGCU on having true student-athletes and I think the combined championship efforts on the playing venues and in the classroom show that.”

Posting a 3.27 cumulative GPA and a 3.30 Fall semester GPA, the FGCU Athletic Department yet again established new records for academic achievement, surpassing the Spring 2012 term records of 3.21 and 3.27, respectively.  Eagle student-athletes also exceeded the overall FGCU undergraduate GPA mark (2.98) for the eighth consecutive semester (12 of the past 13 semesters). 

FGCU also swept the three Atlantic-Sun Conference Fall team sport championships (men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball), with both soccer teams earning A-Sun regular season 3-peats and defending their A-Sun Conference Tournament titles en route to their second straight NCAA Tournament berths in the same number of years eligible for such competition.  Men’s Cross Country also earned a program best ever fourth place finish at the A-Sun Championships.

“Given our department’s many competitive successes this academic year, it is practical that athletic prowess might overshadow academic performance,” said Richter. “However, it is important to recognize the outstanding efforts of our men and women in the classroom.”

Team GPA is a true calculated average, computed by total quality points divided by total GPA hours. Undergraduate data is provided by the Institutional Research Office and includes all undergraduate full-time, degree-seeking students. Team members included are those represented from the official team rosters provided by compliance; any team member who quit prior to the start of their competitive season was excluded.

“Earning a 3.27 collective cumulative GPA is an impressive feat and deserves mention,” further explained Richter. “Our student-athletes believe in the value of high quality education and find it at FGCU. I am privileged to work with such a bright population of students and am thankful to have staff members and coaches who support high academic achievement. In addition, we must credit our faculty for their heavy hand in our student-athletes’ academic success.  We have wonderful professors at our young institution who are committed to raising the intellectual caliber of our students and student-athletes.”

Among the overall population of 249 student-athletes, 26 (10%) student-athletes earned a 4.0 term GPA and 105 (42%) student-athletes earned a 3.5 or higher term GPA; 35% of the population also carries a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA. In addition, 78% of total 1,253 grades earned were above average (“B” -or higher), including a total of 493 “A”s.

Dating back to the start of the FGCU historical records in the Spring of 2008, which accounts for a total of ten semesters, 12 sports set new benchmarks after the Fall 2012 term. Some of those benchmarks include women’s swimming and diving recording the highest term GPA recorded in ten semesters; baseball with a highest term GPA recorded in ten semesters with 16 of 24 returning student-athletes having improved their term GPA by an average of .49; and softball setting the highest overall GPA earned in ten semesters with no returning student-athletes having a cumulative GPA less than 3.0.

After the Fall 2012 term, the Athletic Department awarded three teams with academic honors. The three-time A-Sun Champion women’s basketball team took home the highest team GPA award with a 3.65 semester GPA, while the women’s golf and women’s tennis teams secured the highest individual sport GPA award with a department-best 3.72 semester GPA. 

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