WASHINGTON (July 10, 2014) – At Howard University, student-athletes keep in perspective what their top priority is in college: education. During the 2013-14 school year, Howard student-athletes achieved several accomplishments in the classroom that are as worthy of acknowledgement as any on-field accolade.
The 19 intercollegiate programs at the University produced an overall department grade point average of 3.02. In addition, 131 student-athletes were named to the 2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Commissioner's All-Academic Team. This represents an increase from Howard’s showing in the previous year of 101 athletes named to the All-Academic Team. Overall, the Athletics Department graduated its student-athletes at 68 percent rate, far above the graduation rate of many other college athletic programs.
“Having our student-athletes be successful in the classroom is just as important as winning on the field, so having the hard work of those student-athletes result in such impressive honors for the University is a cause for celebration,” said Howard University Director of Athletics Louis “Skip” Perkins. “We hope our student-athletes continue to excel in their studies and bring pride to the Bison community.”
The Women's Cross Country team was one of five MEAC programs to receive an NCAA Public Recognition Award for its Academic Progress Rate (APR) performance, the second consecutive year the program achieved this distinction.
The Bison football program was recognized by the Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association (FCS-ADA) at the 2014 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) convention for achieving the conference’s highest multi-year APR.
Eight teams earned conference All-Academic honors: Softball, Track & Field, Women's Bowling, Cross Country, Men's & Women’s Tennis, Women's Lacrosse and Volleyball.
The Women’s Tennis team was honored at the Year-End Banquet for having the highest team GPA in the Athletics Department and earned All-Academic Team honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at www.howard.edu.