Wednesday, February 3, 2016

University of Oklahoma Athletics Sets GPA Record, Ties Another

The 2015 fall semester was, yet again, a record-setting one for University of Oklahoma student-athletes in the classroom.

The Sooners set an OU Athletics Department standard by achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better for the eighth straight semester. The department's 3.06 cumulative GPA also tied the fall 2013 and fall 2014 marks as the highest in recorded school history.

"We are extremely proud of our student-athletes for their outstanding performance as students as well as athletes," said OU President David L. Boren. "They continue to break all records in terms of their academic performance. Our aspiration is to be number 1 in both academics and athletics."

Fifteen of OU's 19 athletics teams held a 3.00 cumulative GPA following the fall semester, and two more owned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.90. Nine teams (baseball [3.27], men's golf [3.25], women's golf [3.30], women's gymnastics [3.33], women's rowing [3.29], women's soccer [3.30], women's tennis [3.52], women's track and field [3.23] and women's cross country [3.41]) own a cumulative GPA above a 3.20. The 3.27 cumulative GPA for the baseball team stands as the highest ever for that sport at OU.

"We never take for granted how successful our student-athletes are year in and year out in their athletic endeavors, and the exact same holds true for the excellence they exhibit each semester in the classroom," said OU Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione. "We continue to be proud of their academic performance and achievements, and also acknowledge the outstanding work of our academic support staff and coaches in helping to foster a commitment to inspiring academic progress and to graduation."

The Sooners' academic performance this past fall continued a strong trend. OU Athletics has achieved record improvement in its NCAA Graduation Success Rate in the last five years, jumping from 71 to 84 percent during that time span. The 84 percent figure exceeds the national average of 83 percent. Additionally, OU's most recent (2008-09) single-year OU student-athlete federal graduation rate of 70 percent compares to the OU student body rate of 67 percent.

Added Castiglione: "We place great emphasis on creating a world-class experience for our student-athletes while they are with us so they can also be well-prepared for life after sports. We still have room to improve but these positive trends in academic progress and graduation indicate we are moving in the right direction."

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