Press release below:
Akron Captures 2010-11 MAC Institutional Academic Achievement Award
CLEVELAND – The University of Akron has been named the winner of the 2010-11 Mid-American Conference Institutional Academic Achievement Award. For the academic year, Akron posted an overall athletic grade point average (GPA) of 3.14 based on 417 student-athletes in 18 sports.
Akron topped Toledo by the slimmest of margins, bettering the Rockets by .01 points (3.13 GPA, 358 student-athletes). The honor is the first for the Zips since the MAC began handing out the award during the 1994-95 athletic calendar year.
The honor is presented annually to the MAC school that achieves the highest overall institutional GPA for student-athletes competing in university-sponsored sports for the academic year.
The award comes on the heels of one of the most successful seasons in Akron history. The Zips won the men’s soccer national title, in addition to five MAC championships (men’s soccer, men’s basketball, men’s indoor and outdoor track, and women’s tennis).
UA student-athletes also had success in the classroom, earning 12 Academic All-America accolades, including Academic All-American of the Year Kofi Sarkodie (men’s soccer). Forty-eight student-athletes earned academic all-conference honors (42 MAC, six Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference) while the men’s soccer team (3.51 GPA, eighth nationally), women’s golf (3.697 GPA, tied for 10th nationally), women’s tennis (3.2 GPA, ITA All-Academic Team Award) and women’s swimming and diving teams (3.44 GPA, 20th nationally) were recognized nationally for their overall team GPAs.