Student athletes competing in college sports in the Manitoba Colleges Athletic Conference achieved an extremely high level of academic performance during the conference’s 2011-12 athletic season.
Across the conference’s six academic institutions that competed in 2011-12, 54 per cent of student athletes achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better during the 2011-12 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.
“The level of academic excellence at our member schools is truly remarkable. Our student athletes have clearly demonstrated how excellence in sport can translate to excellence in the classroom,” said MCAC executive director Bill Wedlake.
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.
Of the six institutions that competed in 2011-12, (the MCAC currently has seven members) three achieved scholar athlete status for over 60 per cent of their athletes.
Canadian Mennonite University – 69% of student athletes
Providence University College – 63% of student athletes
Red River College – 60% of student athletes
Assiniboine Community College – 60% of student athletes
Université de Saint-Boniface – 48% of student athletes
University of Winnipeg – 22% of student athletes competing strictly in MCAC competition