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 Rock Student-Athletes Do the Job in Classroom 

 

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Contact: Bob McComas (724) 738-2777; email: robert.mccomas@sru.edu

January 12, 2005

ROCK STUDENT-ATHLETES DO THE JOB IN CLASSROOM

           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – If pending NCAA legislation designed to improve academic achievements by student-athletes were to take effect immediately and apply to NCAA Division II institutions, Slippery Rock University would be in good standing.

Rock student-athletes continued to do the job in the classroom and compare favorably to the university’s student body in general in terms of academic achievement.

           According to statistics released by the SRU athletic department, Rock student-athletes as a group achieved a 3.036 grade-point average during fall semester 2004. That was nearly one point higher than the 2.951 GPA compiled by the SRU overall student body.

            Female student-athletes at SRU had a 3.214 GPA, while the university’s overall female student body achieved a 3.106 GPA.

           Rock male student-athletes had a 2.873 GPA, while the university’s overall male student body achieved a 2.752 GPA.

           Fifty-five percent (303 of 547) of The Rock’s student-athletes had a 3.0 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale, including 29 percent (159 of 547) who had student-athletes had a 3.5 or higher QPA and 45 student-athletes who had a perfect 4.0 GPA.

            Broken down by teams, the women’s field hockey team led the way with a 3.35 GPA, followed by women’s basketball at 3.327, women’s cross country at 3.296 and men’s cross country at 3.286.

 Also compiling cumulative GPAs of 3.2 or higher were the women’s volleyball (3.270), women’s softball (3.246), women’s track and field (3.243) and women’s swimming (3.206) squads.

All 10 Rock women’s teams had cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or higher, while four of 11 men’s teams achieved that goal.

For further information on Rock student-athletes’ academic achievements, contact Carrie Osborne, assistant to the athletic director, at 724-783-2827 or Bob McComas, director of Sports Promotion and Information, at 724-738-2777.

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