STUDENT-ATHLETES EARN RECORD-BEST 3.0 GRADE POINT AVERAGE
May 30, 2012
MARTIN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin student-athletes earned a record best 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) for the spring 2012 semester. The 3.0 GPA was above the all campus average of 2.71.
“This achievement is a team effort,” UT Martin Athletics Director Phil Dane said. “Our coaches are recruiting good students. Our faculty and academic support staff are cooperative with our students to help them meet course objectives around difficult practice and competition schedules. Our Faculty and Staff Relations Committee of the Athletics Board helps identify ways to help our student-athletes succeed. And of course, the students demonstrate the discipline to balance a very difficult schedule of practice, competitions, and contests.”
“We might have had a 2.90 or something like that, but never a 3.0 GPA,” retired Army Col. William Kaler said. Kaler has served as UT Martin’s director of compliance since 1980.
More than 130 student-athletes made the spring semester Dean’s List and 177 of the 287 student-athletes made a 3.0 GPA or higher. Kaler said 41 student-athletes made a perfect 4.0 GPA.
“The common denominator is a culture that we have established that expects academic excellence and extra effort,” Dane said.