North­eastern student-​​athletes con­tinue to excel on the field and in the class­room, Ath­letic Director Peter Roby told the Fac­ulty Senate on Wednesday.

In his annual update to the Senate, Roby high­lighted the ath­letic and edu­ca­tional achieve­ments of Northeastern’s 450 Divi­sion I student-​​athletes during the 2012–13 aca­d­emic year.

I am happy to say last year was another won­derful year for us,” Roby said. “We not only achieved many of our goals in terms of what we are trying to do on behalf of our student-​​athletes, but we were also able to have a really suc­cessful year with respect to our engage­ment with alumni and stu­dents, as well as our aca­d­emic achievements.”

Many of Northeastern’s 18 ath­letic teams had stellar sea­sons. The men’s soccer team won the Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence tour­na­ment, while the men’s bas­ket­ball team won the conference’s reg­ular season title. The women’s hockey team won its 16th Beanpot trophy, the field hockey reached the NCAA Tour­na­ment, and the base­ball team won more than 30 games for the first time since 1997.

Roby also noted the indi­vidual accom­plish­ments of sev­eral student-​​athletes: women’s hockey player Kendall Coyne, who is on leave training with the U.S. Women’s national team for the 2014 Olympics; Don Anding, the men’s soccer star who was drafted by the Philadel­phia Union in the 2013 MLS Super­Draft; and Crystal Poland, who was named 2012 CAA field hockey player of the year.

Roby, who thanked Husky fans for their long­standing sup­port of North­eastern ath­letics, also high­lighted the university’s newly opened field hockey facility in Dedham, Mass., and noted the suc­cess of the its 42 club sport teams—half of which com­peted in their respec­tive national championships.

In the class­room, North­eastern student-​​athletes’ per­for­mance was just as strong. Fif­teen of the 18 var­sity teams boasted a col­lec­tive GPA of 3.0 or higher in the spring of 2013, and 88 student-​​athletes were named to the spring 2013 dean’s list.

We have always been com­mitted to wanting to be a national model for how you can recruit quality students-​​athletes who are com­mitted to aca­d­emic suc­cess, and who are good people, but are also fierce com­peti­tors and can win at a high level,” Roby explained. “We think that model exists and we want to be part of it.”

The Fac­ulty Senate con­grat­u­lated Roby on his selec­tion to the NCAA Divi­sion I men’s bas­ket­ball selec­tion com­mittee, which chooses the teams that par­tic­i­pate in the annual March Mad­ness tour­na­ment. Roby com­pleted the first of his five-​​year mem­ber­ship ear­lier this year.

I am proud that it puts North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in that national light,” Roby noted. “It’s the chance of a lifetime.”

Also during Wednesday’s meeting, the Fac­ulty Senate unan­i­mously passed a pro­posed mea­sure to estab­lish a Depart­ment of Bio­engi­neering in the Col­lege of Engi­neering. The depart­ment will include new under­grad­uate and master’s degrees, as well as a cur­rently offered doc­torate degree in bioengineering.

I believe this depart­ment will raise the level of the uni­ver­sity in addi­tion to the level of the Col­lege of Engi­neering,” said Nadine Aubry, the college’s dean. “We on the fac­ulty and Col­lege of Engi­neering stu­dents believe that the cre­ation of such a major will fur­ther dis­tin­guish North­eastern from other institutions.”