Mustangs Earn NJCAA Recognition for Academic Excellence

by Amanda Rogers, Sports Information Director

Baseball player Eric Lewandowski and women’s soccer players Elizabeth Keegan and Kaitlyn Kelley led the Mustangs in their most successful academic year since the reinstatement of athletics at Montgomery County Community College in 2008.

Keegan and Lewandowski earned the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement (3.80-3.99 GPA). Both athletes graduated this year and will be transferring this fall. First year transfer player Kaitlyn Kelley earned the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement (3.60 – 3.79 GPA) and will be returning to play for the Mustangs in August.

Along with the individual honors, women’s soccer, basketball and volleyball each were given the 2012-13 NJCAA All-Academic Team Award for earning an average weighted cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better. (Note: Weighted GPA calculations take into account number of credits completed.)

Since the 2008-09 season, the Mustangs program has not only focused on building competitive teams, but also on developing well-rounded, academically-sound student-athletes. The program continues to make strides in student development and enrichment, gaining ground among student-athletes with respect to the college-wide completion agenda. The Mustangs program has graduated 90 athletes and transferred over 100 since the reinstatement.

Among active student-athletes, over the past five years, the average completion rate has increased from 88.57% to 92.02% and the average success rate has increased from 71.46% to 77.82%. Additionally, the average term GPA of student-athletes has increased 7.4%, from 2.364 to 2.539. The 2012-13 academic year marks the first time in the history of the program that the overall average term GPA for the year topped 2.5.

Success indicators for the student-athletes in the Mustangs program have been steadily increasing since 2008, with a boost in performance over the past 12 months. Along with the implementation of an interdepartmental academic support program in 2011, the athletics department created the Mustangs Academic Suite, which provides student-athletes with academic resources, quiet study space and a sense of place. Since September 2012, the Mustangs have collectively logged over 3,500 hours of supplemental academic support, consisting of tutoring, individual and team study sessions, advising and mentoring.

To learn more about the College’s athletics program, visit mustangsathletics.com.

From left to right: Eric Lewandowski, Elizabeth Keegan, Kaitlyn Kelley. Photos by Amanda Rogers

From left to right: Eric Lewandowski, Elizabeth Keegan, Kaitlyn Kelley. Photos by Amanda Rogers

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