The University of Toledo has been named the winner of the 2011-12 Mid-American Conference Institutional Academic Achievement Award. For the academic year, UT's 351 student-athletes posted an overall athletic grade point average of 3.171. It is the first time that the Rockets have won the award.
"We are very proud that our student-athletes won the MAC Institutional Academic Award for 2011-12," athletic director Mike O'Brien said in a statement. "This is a great honor and a true indicator of the dedication and effort of our student-athletes in the classroom. This honor is also shared by the coaches, classroom instructors and Rocket academic staff that work so hard in mentoring and nurturing our student-athletes."
The MAC Institutional Academic Achievement Award is presented annually to the conference institution which achieves the highest overall GPA for student-athletes competing in institutionally sponsored sports for the academic year. It is just the latest academic honor for the Rockets. Last spring, UT student-athletes set an all-time high with a collective GPA of 3.266. The UT men's program also won the MAC Faculty Athletic Representative Award for highest GPA in both 2009-10 and 2010-11.
Finishing second and third were Western Michigan (3.139) and Eastern Michigan (3.132).