WACO, Texas (July 22, 2015) – The Heartland Conference released their GPA reports from the 2014-2015 school term and Lubbock Christian University had the second highest departmental GPA and three of their programs produced the highest GPA in their respective sport.

Lubbock Christian ranked second overall in the conference behind Newman University (3.33) by posting a 3.31 GPA for its athletic programs. LCU’s women’s athletic programs combined to lead the Heartland Conference with a 3.51 GPA. The Lady Chaps women’s basketball program led all conference foes with a 3.69 GPA, which was recently recognized by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) as the fifth best GPA for a women’s basketball team in the nation. LCU’s cross country programs each led their conference opponents, with the men’s program producing a 3.52 GPA and the women’s team compiling a 3.37 GPA. Internally, the LCU men’s cross country program had the highest GPA among LCU’s men’s programs. LCU’s women’s basketball and women’s golf each co-led all of LCU’s women’s programs with a 3.69 GPA.

"Overall, the Heartland Conference continues to have a very solid GPA for our student-athletes," said Tony Stigliano, Heartland Conference commissioner. "The academic success of our student-athletes, with the ultimate goal of graduation, is the highest priority for our members and while we always to work to improve our overall academic performance, we are very pleased with the combined GPA of our student-athletes and member institutions."

The conference as a whole saw a percentage increase overall in their GPA for the second consecutive year. The conference promotes academic success through NCAA enhancement funds, promoting a successful balance between athletics and academics, adjusting regular season and championship schedules to minimize missed class time, and the recognition of academic success. The overall average GPA for the conference was 3.16.