NCAA Reports Rise in Black Athletes' Graduation Rate

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The NCAA's annual study of institutions nationwide revealed that Purdue student-athletes on the West Lafayette campus entering from 2007-08 through 2010-11 earned a graduation success rate (GSR) of 84 percent, the same as a year ago. The GSR numbers for most colleges are much higher than the federal graduation rates, which counts any student who leaves an institution as a nongraduate and does not track incoming transfers.

The Towson baseball team had the highest Federal Graduation Rate in the CAA, while field hockey, women's soccer and women's swimming and diving had a GSR of 100 percent.

The federal graduation rate for all Division I athletes this year was 68 percent, compared to 66 percent for all students at colleges and universities that play Division I sports.

"Graduating our student-athletes is the most important thing we do at Auburn University", Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs said.

Loyola Maryland's 98 percent GSR - with all 15 of its teams above the national average of 87 percent - ranked first among schools in the state and tied Colgate for the best cumulative score in the Patriot League.

Wrestling had the greatest year-to-year GSR increase of all Penn State teams with a jump of 16 percentage points. The score has improved in all but one year since he took over - and in that one year span it didn't improve, the score stayed the same (81 in 2013 and 2014). "Our goal is to always give our student-athletes the tools to thrive on the playing field as well as the classroom". In all, 14 of the 17 sports programs at Tech recorded GSR's above the national average. "Our student-athletes are accomplishing great things in the classroom, which is reflective of a learning environment created through the hard work of the student-athletes, and, as well, by our coaches and an athletics support staff that is thoroughly committed to their success. There are few better moments than when we see our student-athletes earn their degrees".

Though Towson didn't release its overall percentage, its athletes finished with the highest collective GSR since the metric was introduced. Five programs - men's cross country/track and field, women's cross country/track and field, golf, women's tennis and volleyball - own ideal 100-percent GSRs. Under the calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing students who leave in good academic standing.