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Times Union: Saving Scholarships Proved Smart Move

On Friday, the Albany Times Union gleefully reported that Rensselaer's men's hockey team scored a 3.08 GPA in the fall semester with 20 of 27 players being named to the Dean's List. According to the article:

In fact, RPI's student-athletes posted an average GPA of 3.06, which ranked higher than the general student population of non-athletes (3.01).

Reports like this have occurred regularly during the tenure of Rensselaer Head Coach Dan Fridgen. Congratulations to the coaching staff, the academic advisors, and especially to the players.

The article goes on to point out that the women's hockey team achieved an even higher team GPA, 3.24. While this is also a wonderful achievement, the current players are not scholarship athletes.

Administrators from colleges and universities that opposed NCAA Proposition 65 often claimed that Division I athletes at Division III schools were not student-athletes in the truest sense of the word. The academic achievements of RPI's Division I athletes demonstrate that this reasoning is fallacious.

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