KANSAS CITY, Mo. (September 4, 2018) -- Every year, each NAIA institution and conference demonstrate 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 earning 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).
For the 2017-18 school year, Johnson & Wales was named a five-star institution (silver) and was one of nine Sun Conference members to be awarded five-star recognition.
"We strongly believe in the NAIA Champions of Character five core values here at JWU," JWU Director of Athletics Dave Griffore said. "These core values will have lasting impacts for all our student-athletes. I'm very proud of everyone associated with our athletics department that made this honor possible."
This year 171 NAIA institutions earned the Five-Star Institution Award. Included were 74 institutions at the gold distinction level, 62 at the silver distinction level and 35 at the bronze distinction level.
Twelve NAIA Institutions tied for top honors with 100 points. Those were Benedictine College, Briar Cliff University, Bryan College, California State University-Maritime, Columbia College (SC), Dakota Wesleyan University, Hannibal-LaGrange University, Lawrence Technological University, Mount Mercy University, Shawnee State University, St. Ambrose University and the University of Saint Francis (IN).
NAIA Conferences continued to embrace character-driven excellence with 16 conferences earning the Champions of Character Five-Star Conference Award. Leading the way was the California Pacific Conference with 100% of its member institutions earning the Champions of Character Five-Star Institution Award.
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.
Five-Star Conference Award Criteria
- Established Champions of Character Conference Committee
- Conference has a conduct in competition oversight committee composed of a minimum of three members
- At least 60% of members institutions must receive the NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution Award
For a complete listing of last year's Champions of Character Five-Star Institutions, click here.