DEARBORN, Mich. - The University of Michigan-Dearborn earned NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution Gold Level honors for the 2016-17 academic year, it was announced by the NAIA Friday.
The Wolverines are one of three Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference member schools to receive gold status (Concordia University, Indiana Tech) for the 2016-17 year. UM-Dearborn was at the silver level in 2015-16.
Every year, each NAIA institution and conference demonstrates their progress in pursuing character-driven athletics. The Champions of Character Scorecard measures growth in training, promotion, conduct in competition and commitment in five key areas with a possibility of 100 points. Institutions can be recognized as Champions of Character Five-Star Institutions at three different levels: Gold (90-100 points), Silver (75-89 points) and Bronze (60-74 points).
This year 183 NAIA institutions earned the Five-Star Institution Award, up from 171 institutions last year. Included were 66 institutions at the gold distinction level, 76 at the silver distinction level and 41 at the bronze distinction level.
Institutions are measured on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earned points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Institutions earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by having minimal to no ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year.