MOUNT PLEASANT - The Central Michigan softball team earned the fifth-highest cumulative team grade point average in NCAA Division I for the 2011-2012 academic year with a 3.572.
The Chippewas tied for fifth with Tennessee Tech in NCAA Division I and are ninth nationally among all colleges and universities, regardless of division.
The 2012 ranking is the highest in program history.
Central Michigan has built a culture of academic success, including the softball program, which appears in the NFCA All-Academic top ten for the second time in the past three seasons. The Chippewas were ranked ninth in 2010.
Kara Dornbos, now a senior for CMU, and 2012 senior Molly Coldren each earned Academic All-Mid-American Conference honors for the Chippewas last season.
The Chippewas performed well not only in the classroom in 2012, but also on the field as they advanced to the MAC Tournament Championship, where they were upset by Miami (Ohio) in two games to finish as runners-up.
Honorees for the NFCA Scholar-Athlete award will be recognized in the coming weeks.