UNCP Wins Second-Straight PBC President's Academic Award
HILTON HEAD, S.C. – Further evidencing the UNCP athletic department’s commitment to excellence not only in the playing arena, but also in the classroom, the Braves took home their second consecutive Peach Belt Conference President’s Academic Award at the league’s annual meetings in Hilton Head on Tuesday.
The award recognizes excellence in academics concerning all of an institution’s student-athletes, with the 2010-11 academic year marking the sixth time the award has been presented. UNCP becomes only the second institution to win back-to-back Presidents’ Awards, joining Armsrtrong Atlantic State who won the first two honors in 2006-07.
UNCP becomes only the second school to win back-to-back Presidents’ AwarThis spring, the Peach Belt Conference asked each of the league’s 13 members to submit an average GPA for the undergraduate student body and a GPA for all student-athletes. These two numbers were then used to create a ratio identifying which school’s athletes were performing the most ahead of the curve in comparison to the student body. Schools were not measured against one another, just their athletes to their students. UNC Pembroke had the highest ratio at 1.102, but at 10 of the 13 PBC member institutions the student-athletes had, on average, a better GPA than the general student body.
The Presidents’ Academic Award is part of a larger conference program to highlight the accomplishments of PBC student athletes in the classroom as well as in the playing arena.