Gopher student-athletes excel academically

What: University of Minnesota Board of Regents meeting
When: 12:15 – 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 8
Where: 600 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis

For the second year in a row, the University of Minnesota ranks first among public institutions with regards to its Academic Progress Report (APR). Gopher student-athletes continued their success in the classroom and in competition during the 2014-15 year, according to Athletic Director Norwood Teague’s planned annual report to the Board of Regents. The Board meets on Wednesday, July 8.

Fifteen Gopher programs posted perfect APR scores in 2013-14, eight teams had perfect multi-year scores and 19 maintained or improved multiyear scores. Gopher student-athletes had a cumulative GPA of 3.27, up from last semester and last year.

Meanwhile, in competition, the Gophers:

  • won the national championship in women’s ice hockey;
  • earned three individual national titles – Kierra Smith (200 breaststroke), Yu Zhou (3 meter diving) and Luca Wieland (heptathlon);
  • sent six teams to NCAA tournaments (women’s basketball, men’s hockey, women’s hockey, women’s softball, men’s tennis and wrestling) and captured three Big Ten championships (women’s swimming and diving, men’s hockey and men’s tennis); and
  • the football team played in its first New Year’s Day bowl game since 1962, and won two well-known rivalry trophies: Floyd of Rosedale (Iowa) and the Little Brown Jug (Michigan).

Combined, Minnesota finished 26th nationally and fifth in the Big Ten in the Learfield Director’s Cup standings, the measure of success of an entire athletics program.

Teague will also discuss the department’s budget and facility repairs and improvements during the Board meeting.

Following his report, Teague will be joined by Deputy General Counsel Tracy Smith, Director of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Kim Hewitt and Deputy Athletics Director Beth Goetz to provide an overview of federal Title IX law as it pertains to the U of M Twin Cities. The group will outline how the University lives out its commitment to compliance and providing equity for all Gopher student-athletes.

#UMNProud alumni
The pride of more than 15,000 Gopher alumni and fans was on full display at the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. over the new year. University of Minnesota Alumni Association leaders will mentionthat event during its annual Board report as one of many ways in which the Association engaged tens of thousands of alumni around the world.

In her report, UMAA President and CEO Lisa Lewis will outline significant progress in creating virtual engagement opportunities for alumni, which is critical to the UMAA’s long-term goals. Additionally, Lewis will review efforts aimed at partnering with alumni to become advocates for their alma mater.

The Board will also discuss long term plans for the Twin Cities campus, specifically focused on housing and Academic Health Center (AHC) needs. The presentation will detail the analysis and propose next steps for both areas.

Wednesday’s full board meeting begins at 12:15 p.m. No committee meetings will be held this month. Instead, the Regents will hold their annual planning retreat through Friday, July 10. More information, including meeting times and locations, can be found on the Regents website.

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