CMU Earns MAC Women's FAR Award
Courtesy: Jason Kaufman/CMU Athletics
CMU's soccer team celebrates a goal during a game at the CMU Soccer Complex last season. The Chippewas have boasted the top team GPA in the country six straight years, helping CMU claim the 2010-11 MAC Faculty Athletics Representative Academic Achievement Award.
MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan University’s athletics program has earned the Mid-American Conference’s 2010-11 Faculty Athletics Representative Women's Academic Achievement Award.

The FAR Awards are designed to recognize the conference institution with the overall highest grade point average (GPA) rank by gender. Female student-athletes at Central Michigan had the highest GPA rank average in the MAC with a score of 9.31250. The Chippewas carried the highest league GPA in three MAC-sponsored sports—cross country, field hockey and soccer—in 2010-11.

This marks the second time CMU has won the award in its four-year history. The Chippewas were the inaugural award winners following the 2007-08 academic year.

The conference FARs worked with the Athletic Academic Advisors to compute an award that best represents the academic achievement of student-athletes in a competitive setting. Using the same ranking method as the long-time Reese and Jacoby trophies (traditionally awarded to the best overall male and female athletic programs in the MAC), the FAR Awards are given to the MAC institutions' male and female programs with the highest overall GPA rank points. Only MAC sponsored sports are used in the calculation.

The CMU women's soccer program has boasted the top GPA in the country for the last six years, while the field hockey program ranked fourth nationally (first among public Division I universities) and the cross country program ranked 14th nationally last year.

"We are extremely proud of the academic success of our student-athletes at Central Michigan University," said CMU director of athletics Dave Heeke. "They deserve to be congratulated for their efforts, along with our coaches and academic staff who have built and uphold an expectation of academic excellence. It's all part of the Championship Culture that exists at CMU."