Knights’ Student Athletes Flourish in Classroom
Warwick, R.I. – January 17, 2020: The CCRI Knights Athletic Department recognized their student athletes’ academic achievements with the Fall 2019 Athletic Director’s Honor Roll of which 49 Knights were named. Region XXI also awarded their own Region Honor Roll from which an impressive 35 Knights were named.
A stellar semester in the classroom, 49 student athletes registered a GPA of 3.0 or higher to be named on the CCRI Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. 11 of CCRI’s 14 Athletic programs were represented. Of the 49 student athletes who earned recognition: nine from the Lady Knights’ softball program, seven from both the Knights’ women’s basketball and men’s baseball and five apiece for the Lady Knights’ women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, cross country/track and Knight swim programs and one from Knights’ men’s soccer program.
35 student athletes received acknowledgment from Region XXI for producing GPAs of 3.2 or higher and were named to the Region XXI Honor Roll. 10 of the 14 CCRI Athletic programs were represented on the Region honor roll: six from both the Knights’ baseball and Lady Knights’ softball programs, four apiece from the Lady Knights’ volleyball, women’s basketball and cross country/track programs, and three apiece for the Lady Knights women’s soccer program, Knights men’s basketball and swim programs.
The CCRI Department of athletics always places academics first emphasizing the “student” in the phrase student athlete. Over the past two years the department has improved their service to their student athletes with a more expansive and comprehensive Compliance Department run by Compliance officer Bev Wiley under the guidance of interim Director of athletics Kevin Salisbury.
In the Fall of 2018, there were 114 students participating in athletics. 43 student athletes or 37% of that number earned a 3.0 or higher. An additional 27 student athletes earned at least a 2.5 or higher for a total percentage of 61% of the student athletes earning a 2.5 or higher. In the Fall of 2019 there were 123 students participating in athletics and 49 or 40% of those participating earned a 3.0 or higher and an additional 38 student athletes earned a 2.5 or higher for a total percentage of 71% of student athletes earning a 2.5 or higher. These higher percentages are the result of the improved communication and one on one contact the Student Athlete Advisors have had with the athletes with close monitoring of their progress.
CCRI Interim Director of Athletics Kevin Salisbury commented on the student athlete success “Our entire department congratulates all of you on your well-earned academic success! You all exemplify the true meaning of ‘student-athlete’.”
With another fantastic semester in the books both from within the classroom and in competition ends the 2010’s decade on a high note.
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England's largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 15,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.