OXFORD, Ohio – For the fifth consecutive semester, Miami University student-athletes have achieved an all-time high grade-point average in the classroom.

During the Fall 2012 semester, the RedHawks combined for a 3.185 GPA, topping last spring’s 3.17 and the previous fall’s 3.16 average. It was the highest GPA recorded since the university started tracking intercollegiate GPAs in the fall of 2005.

Additionally, 16 of Miami’s 18 teams averaged a 3.0 GPA or above last semester.

“Our coaches do an amazing job of recruiting talented student-athletes,” said Craig Bennett, Assistant Athletic Director of Academic Support Services. “I think a big factor is our intervention learning specialists (ILS). Because of the support (student-athletes) get through that program, it has made a big difference.”

Intervention learning specialists, made up primarily of retired teachers, work with student-athletes one-on-one, catering to their learning needs. These specialists were put in place to help student-athletes that may need extra help or that require more tutoring in a certain area. Another key factor in the rise of student-athletes’ overall GPA was moving the ILS department from the Campus Avenue Building (CAB) to the Gross Center, making it more convenient for them to access extra help.

Of 502 student-athletes, 19 earned perfect 4.0 GPAs and 311 were at or above a 3.0 GPA. 

Student-Athlete Advising Week (SAAW), new to the University last year, has also helped keep student-athletes on track.

“They have to go to their advisor on campus,” Bennett said. “For that week, faculty and advisors are expecting student-athletes to make their appointments, so I think they are getting great advice as to what classes to take as well as they are accountable because they know they are going to meet with them again.”

Bennett, who works directly with coaches on a weekly basis, says the progress the athletic department has seen is mainly due to the dedicated people who work in intercollegiate athletics.

“We work well as a team," he said. "Our relationship with those on campus and with our coaches is great and that’s why it works,” he said.