Statement as issued Monday by the University of Saint Francis:
Dec. 3, 2012 FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis has earned a fourth-place ranking in a field of 221 schools in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character Five-Star Institution program.
USF earned a score of 91 of 100 on the Champions of Character Scorecard, which measures each institution’s commitment to the NAIA program. Points were earned in five areas: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion.
Montana Tech was first with a perfect score of 100. Rounding out the top five were Carroll College, Montana, with 96; Paul Quinn College, Texas, with 91; USF; and Xavier University, Louisiana, with 91.
This year, six NAIA conferences boasted all members earning the Five-Star designation. Those were: Appalachian Athletic Conference, Frontier Conference, Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, Midwest Collegiate Conference, The Sun Conference and the TranSouth Athletic Conference.
“Being a part of the NAIA brings with it certain responsibilities for our university,” said USF Athletic Director Mike McCaffrey. “We embrace these character-driven initiatives and use them to prepare our student-athletes to be the best they can be, on and off the field or court. We are so proud of this accomplishment, and hope to score even higher next year.”
The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.