Academically speaking, WSU athletes are rock solid in classroom

HOW’S THIS FOR getting it done in the classroom? Following the recently concluded spring semester, the cumulative GPA for all of WSU’s 450-plus student athletes stood at 3.05 – the highest in school history.

In addition, athletic director Bill Moos noted at last week’s WSU Foundation Board of Trustees meeting in Spokane, the overall APR (Academic Progress Rate) of WSU student-athletes is among the top three in the Pac-12 with Stanford and Cal.

Here are other academic highlights Moos shared:

  • 26 WSU athletes earned perfect 4.0 GPAs in the spring semester and 17 had 4.0s in the fall semester.
  • 55 percent of all 2015-16 senior athletes maintained a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA while representing 28 different majors.
  • 19 seniors graduated with a 3.50 or higher cumulative GPA.
  • The average cumulative GPA of male athletes stands at 2.80 and for female athletes it’s 3.29.
  • All 15 senior football players will have graduated by this August (with seven having received diplomas back in December)
  • The women’s track & field team posted its highest-ever semester GPA (3.41) in the fall and its highest-ever cumulative GPA in the spring (3.29)
  • The women’s basketball team posted its highest-ever semester GPA (3.29) in the spring while the women’s tennis team posted its highest (3.48) since 2000.

AT WSU'S ANNUAL SENIOR RECOGNITION luncheon earlier this month, Joe Dahl (football) and Kourtney Guetlein (soccer) were presented with the Pac-12's Tom Hansen Conference Medal for achievement in athletics, scholarship and leadership. Dahl also received the Cougar Pride Salute (as did track and field's Dominique Keel) for maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better while displaying exceptional athletic, academic and personal qualities. Guetlein and Keel also were among 18 student-athletes to receive the Senior Excellence in Academics Award.

Destiny Vaeao (football), Terrance Chamber (track and field) and Lize Leenknecht (tennis) received the Athletic Director’s Star Performer Award, given to the male and female senior student-athletes who best reflect a commitment to academic improvement leading to successful completion of their degree.

Two other familiar faces to Cougar sports fans -- football's Jeremiah Allison and basketball's Junior Longrus -- were double honorees. Both received the Steve Gleason Community Service Award. In addition, Allison was bestowed the Beulah Blankenship Student-Athlete Award (along with track athlete Kelsie Taylor) and Longrus also earned the Cougar Athletics Leadership Award (along with Leenknecht). Click here for a complete list of awards and recipients.

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