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Liberty Student-Athletes Earn 441 Academic Honors During 2019-20 School Year

July 31, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty's student-athletes finished the 2019-20 academic with a combined 441 total individual and team academic honors.

Liberty's student-athletes finished the 2019-20 academic with a combined 441 total individual and team academic honors.

Full List of 2019-20 Liberty Athletics Academic Awards
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Faced with unprecedented challenges during the 2019-20 academic year, Liberty Flames student-athletes still found a way to excel in the classroom.

Liberty's student-athletes finished the 2019-20 school year with a combined 441 total individual and team academic honors.

Major academic accomplishments from Liberty Athletics during the 2019-20 school year include:
• 3 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
• 3.24 Cumulative GPA (Liberty Athletics program record)
• 19 out of 20 teams with a 3.0 or above cumulative team GPA
• 45 Student-Athletes with a 4.0 cumulative GPA
• 88 Student-Athletes completing their degrees
• 88 percent NCAA Graduation Success Rate (department record)
• 264 Student-Athletes on the ASUN Academic Honor Roll
• 385 Student-Athletes with 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
• 441 Total Academic Honors in 2019-20

The Liberty women's track & field team paced all teams with 62 total awards. The Flames track & field squad led all men's squads with 38 separate awards.

Outside of the strong efforts put in by Liberty's student-athletes, Liberty's Academic Affairs for Athletics office revamped most of its traditional models to aid in the department's unprecedented success in the classroom.

This support team traditionally holds countless hours of tutoring and academic enhancement sessions throughout the Liberty Athletics Center every day of the week during the fall and spring semesters.

Once Liberty University moved the remainder of the spring semester to mostly online classes in March due to the COVID-19 virus, this group quickly pivoted its working efforts. Through video communications platforms like Microsoft Teams and Zoom, Liberty's Academic Affairs for Athletics staff was able to seamlessly continue to walk alongside Liberty student-athletes during their academic, athletic, social and spiritual development journey.

"Liberty student-athletes had a banner year in the classroom, and these honorees represent the very best of the best. These accomplishments are a credit to the outstanding work of the Academic Affairs for Athletics staff and the Liberty faculty. This level of academic success reinforces our confidence in Liberty's whole person development model that is committed to the athletic, academic, spiritual and social development of our student-athletes."
Ian McCaw, Director of Athletics

"Academic Affairs for Athletics continues to celebrate and honor the academic achievements of our student-athletes even during these uncertain times. In the face of adversity, Liberty University student-athletes achieved academic excellence and continue to strive for success on and off the field of competition."
Kristie Beitz, Senior Associate Athletics Director - Academic Affairs

"We are so proud of our student-athletes and their accomplishments in life, in the classroom and in their athletic achievements. Like the vast majority of our students, they consistently overcome challenges that are thrown at them by society, in their homes, in the classroom and additionally in their athletic commitments. At Liberty, the entire team is driven to assist and prepare our students in achieving the impossible. These individual achievements by our student-athletes are a direct result of a culture of success, dedication and hard work; they are truly Champions for Christ."
Dr. Scott Hicks, Provost & Chief Academic Officer