Parents Take Notice

If you have a son or daughter that is being recruited to play college sports, and you're concerned about their academic progress once they arrive on campus, then take a look at the way Iowa State student-athletes perform in the classroom.

A review of the final grades are in and Iowa State's student-athletes had a very good first semester in the classroom.

Cyclone student-athletes who achieve at least a 3.0 grade-point average earn membership in Cy's Academic Club.  It's a large group, boasting 187 ISU student-athletes, including 14 who earned perfect 4.0 grade-point averages during the Fall 2006 semester. Forty-nine percent of Iowa State's student-athletes earned at least a 3.0 grade-point average.

"Our student-athletes had a very good semester," Iowa State associate athletics director for academic services Donald Reed said. "We have held steady at about half of our students grading out at 3.0 or higher."

The Fall 2006 term was a semester of change for a Cyclone athletics program that boasts 18-sports and more than 350 student-athletes. The department's athletics academic services staff moved into the Hixson-Lied Student Success Center in January.  The building is used by all Iowa State students, with the second floor being the home of the Rod and Connie French Athletics Academic Center.  The center provides student-athletes with state-of-the-art computers, study rooms and houses the academic services staff.

"There was a lot of excitement about moving into the new building," Reed said. "It is great to be able to settle in and I think Iowa State's student-athlete academic performance will be enhanced with everything we have to offer here."

Included in the total of 187 student-athletes honored for their academic success, 86 made the Dean's List, with at least a 3.5 grade point average.

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