Student-Athletes Academically A+

Student-Athletes Academically A+

Men's soccer alumni Spencer Scott and Cameron Cooksey graduated in the spring.

Men’s soccer alumni Spencer Scott and Cameron Cooksey graduated in the spring.

Each week, Academic Services for Student-Athletes gives the UCF coaches academic reports. ASSA is staffed with 11 hard-working individuals ensuring 450 student-athletes are academically successful. ASSA, an office in the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services, provides academic tutoring, one-on-one mentoring and academic advising for student-athletes.  Here is an example of the office’s and UCF student-athletes’ accomplishments for 2011-12.

  • Top 5 degree programs: Sport and Exercise Science, Business, Interdisciplinary Studies, Criminal Justice and Interpersonal/Organizational Communication.
  • 69 different majors the athletes are pursuing
  • 4 consecutive years the athletic department GPA has been at least a 3.0
  • 3.37 highest UCF team GPA (volleyball)
  • 3 years in a row, All-American Team Academic Award (volleyball)
  • 50 student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 GPA
  • 1000 perfect score, NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) (women’s tennis)
  • 26 points above the APR multi-year national average (football)
  • 1 C-USA Sport Academic Award for highest GPA in the conference for its sport (football)
  • 83% highest graduation success rate in UCF history, three points above national average
  • 2 teams earned Academic All-American status, one of only two universities in the state to achieve this status (men’s and women’s tennis)
  • Men’s Tennis recorded the highest GPA for all male teams with a 3.22 overall
  • Over 200 student-athletes both in the fall and spring semester recorded a 3.0 GPA or better
  • UCF’s athletic teams recorded a multi-year record of an overall 975 APR score for the past four years of reporting from 2007-08 through the 2010-11 academic years
  • Student-athletes also established a school record 985 single year APR mark for  2010-11
  • 13 of 16 teams increased their APR score over the past year
  • 10 of 16 programs have APR marks at or above the national average
  • 76 student-athletes graduated from UCF within the past year

“The academic achievements of our student-athletes in the past year are tremendous and should be commended,” noted Kimya Massey, director for ASSA. “It’s really exciting to see how well our students are doing both in and out of the classroom. Their collective efforts further demonstrate the work ethic and commitment to excellence they have and I have no doubt that will carry over into this coming year.”