Bronco Student-Athletes Earn Academic Success

Bronco Student-Athletes Earn Academic Success
Cal Poly Pomona was recognized by USA Today for the academic success of its student-athletes.

Cal Poly Pomona has been recognized for the academic success of its student-athletes.

The Broncos were honored recently with a 2002 USA Today-NCAA Academic Achievement Award for finishing in the Top Ten for Division II in the category of Highest Student-Athlete Graduation Rate Improvement. Cal Poly Pomona posted a 34 percent increase from the period ending in June 2000 to the period ending in June 2001.

The percentage of student-athlete freshmen entering in 1995 and having until 2001 to graduate was 67 percent at Cal Poly Pomona.

?We are delighted to be recognized for the academic success of our 1995 freshman cohort group,? says the university's Director of Athletics Dan Bridges. ?It was an exceptional group of student-athletes and we are very proud of them.?

The USA Today-NCAA award comes on the heels of some other encouraging news about Cal Poly Pomona student-athletes. Already this academic year, three Broncos were named to Verizon Academic All-America District VIII teams. Randall Quick (Sr., Mira Loma, Notre Dame HS) from the men's soccer program, Kim Akman-Zollinger (Sr., Claremont, Claremont HS) from the women's soccer program and Kimberly Van Beek (Jr., Artesia, Whitney HS) from the women's volleyball program were honored for their academic achievements. To earn Verizon Academic Awards, which are voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), a student-athlete must carry at least a 3.20 grade point average and be a significant player on the team.

The overall GPA of Cal Poly Pomona student-athletes in 2001-02 was 2.85. More than 33 percent of all student-athletes finished the spring 2002 quarter with cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or better and nearly 18 percent finished the spring quarter on the dean's list (3.5 GPA or better).

?Our goal is to provide our student-athletes the support, encouragement and guidance to succeed in the classroom and on the athletic field,? Bridges says. ?I commend our entire staff and our student-athletes for their hard work and achievement in both areas.?