Student athletes competing in college sports in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) achieved an extremely high level of academic performance during the conference’s 2009-2010 athletic season.
Across the conference’s six academic institutions that competed in 2009-2010, 58 per cent of student athletes achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better during the 2009-2010 academic year. These individuals have been given the distinction of “Scholar Athletes,” a standard that has been established by the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association in which the MCAC is currently applying for membership with.
In comparison to the roughly 20 per cent of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) student athletes who achieve a grade point average of at least 3.0, the MCAC has displayed unparalleled academic achievement for athletes in Canadian post-secondary institutions. These efforts clearly make Manitoba colleges highly sought after destinations for student athletes who wish to attain a high level of scholastic achievement and learning, all while competing at an elite level in college athletics.
“The outstanding level of academic excellence at our member institutions is truly amazing. Our student athletes have clearly demonstrated how excellence in sport can translate to excellence in the classroom,” said MCAC executive director Bill Wedlake.”
Of the six institutions that competed in 2009-2010, (the MCAC currently has eight members) three achieved scholar athlete status for over 65 per cent of their athletes, while no institution recorded lower than 45 per cent achievement.
Canadian Mennonite University – 62 of 89 student athletes – 70%
Steinbach Bible College – 13 of 19 student athletes – 68%
Assiniboine Community College – 26 of 40 student athletes – 65%
Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface – 34 of 66 student athletes – 52%
Providence College – 25 of 52 student athletes – 48%
Red River College – 19 of 42 student athletes – 45%
University of Winnipeg – New member for 2010-2011
Oak Hills Christian College (Bemidji, MN, USA) – Rejoined for 2010-2011