SIU Student-Athletes Reach Milestone

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Published on June 19 2014 10:15 am
Last Updated on June 19 2014 10:15 am
Written by Millie Lange

EDWARDSVILLE -- SIUE student-athletes have reached another milestone – 16 consecutive semesters (eight years) with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) better than 3.0.

SIUE student-athletes completed the 2014 spring semester with a 3.095 grade point average. Among the 228 SIUE student-athletes, 66.7 percent completed the term with a GPA of 3.0 or above and 29.0 percent finished the spring semester as members of the Dean’s List with a GPA of 3.5 or above.

“I congratulate our student-athletes on their continued success in the classroom,” SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt said. “Our student-athletes at SIUE are committed to academic excellence. We will continue to provide a structure in which all can fulfill their academic goals.”

The women’s golf team finished with the highest team GPA for the fourth consecutive semester with a 3.79. They were followed by women’s cross country (3.533), women’s tennis (3.394), women’s soccer (3.353), volleyball (3.306), women’s track and field (3.277), men’s tennis (3.250), men’s golf (3.191), women’s basketball (3.152), men’s cross country (3.131), and softball (3.045).

Hewitt credited the Academic Support Staff and the strategies implemented since SIUE completed certification to NCAA Division I status.

“Our Academic Support Staff is invaluable. The staff makes sure each student-athlete stays on track not only during the semester but also as they progress toward their degree,” Hewitt added. “We have an outstanding study space for our student-athletes in the Vadalabene Center which gives them the resources needed to aid in their education.”

Hewitt said success begins with recruiting student-athletes who share SIUE’s vision of academic success.

“It all begins with the recruiting process. Our coaches continue to recruit student-athletes who are committed to athletic success, but also academic success,” Hewitt continued. “The academic success of our student-athletes is a reflection of the resources the university provides, the outstanding faculty and support of university leadership."