NORMAN — With four NCAA team championships, the 2017 spring semester represented the most productive athletics term in University of Oklahoma history. But the success of OU's student-athletes the last several months transcended sports, as the Sooners also set a pair of significant collective standards in the classroom.
OU student-athletes posted a 3.09 cumulative GPA for the spring semester, the best in recorded school history, which marked a record 11th consecutive semester of posting at least a 3.0 figure.
OU's streak of student-athletes posting a GPA of at least 3.0 started in spring 2012. Averages have ranged from 3.01 to 3.09. The 3.09 cumulative spring GPA reflects the overall academic performance of those student-athletes from their first semester of collegiate enrollment through the completion of the spring 2017 term.
"This year has been remarkable for OU Athletics not only in our athletic successes but in the academic accomplishments of our student-athletes as well," said OU President David L. Boren. "Student-athletes collectively have extended their streak to 11 consecutive semesters with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher among all sports programs. I applaud the coaches and staff for the priority that is given to student-athletes' academic life, and to Athletics Director Joe Castiglione for establishing a culture of success in all aspects of their collegiate experience."
"Our student-athletes' commitment to excellence in pursuit of their academic and career goals in preparation for life after graduation is rewarding to everyone in our department and is to be commended."
Fifteen of OU's 19 athletics teams, including every women's team, held a 3.0 cumulative GPA following the spring semester. Eleven teams (women's basketball [3.20], women's cross country [3.45], men's golf [3.20], women's golf [3.34], women's gymnastics [3.40], women's rowing [3.39], women's soccer [3.31], men's tennis [3.21), women's tennis [3.58], women's track and field [3.27] and women's volleyball [3.38]) own a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.20. The four teams with cumulative GPAs between 3.0 and 3.2 are baseball (3.08), men's cross country (3.03), men's gymnastics (3.13) and softball (3.12).
All four OU teams that won NCAA titles during the spring semester own cumulative GPAs of 3.12 or better (men's golf, men's gymnastics, women's gymnastics and softball).
"The 11 straight semesters of a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA obviously speaks to our sustained academic achievement," said Castiglione. "And the record-setting 3.09 cumulative GPA reflects our drive for continuous improvement despite that long-standing success. Our student-athletes' commitment to excellence in pursuit of their academic and career goals in preparation for life after graduation is rewarding to everyone in our department and is to be commended."
In addition to the 11th straight semester of a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA, here is a look at the recent academic accomplishments of OU student-athletes:
• OU produced 313 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll honorees for the spring semester (student-athletes who posted at least a 3.0 GPA for the term) and 308 last fall.
• Seventy-one student-athletes achieved perfect 4.0 GPAs in the spring semester, which matches the total from last fall.
• Seven OU programs registered a 100-percent multiyear Graduation Success Rate for the most recent reporting period: women's basketball, men's gymnastics, women's gymnastics, rowing, men's tennis, women's tennis and volleyball.
• OU's most recent multiyear Graduation Success Rate of 85 percent is a school record and exceeds the NCAA national average.
• Six OU teams recorded perfect 1,000 single-year Academic Progress Rate scores for 2015-16 and all OU Athletics programs finished above the NCAA minimum for the ninth consecutive year.
• Each of OU's 19 sports programs registered a multiyear APR score at least 30 points above the NCAA's required minimum of 930 (four-year average; 2012-13 through 2015-16 academic years).