NEW ALBANY, Ind. - Indiana University Southeast has been named an NAIA Champions of Character Gold-Level Institution by the NAIA for second consecutive year.

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). 

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.

"One of our department's main goals every year is to earn gold-level status in the NAIA Champions of Character program," Director of Athletics Joe Glover said. "Our coaches and student-athletes are role models throughout our area and it is very important that they continue to set a great example for those in our community. I cannot thank our student-athletes and coaches enough for settting such a high standard of excellence."

This year, 183 NAIA institutions were named Champions of Character institutions at the gold, silver or bronze level. Sixty-six schools, including IU Southeast, earned gold-level accolades. The River States Conference was named a Five-Star Conference as well.

Click here for the complete list of Five-Star Institutions.