UI Student-Athletes Tie All-Time Graduation Success Rate

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IOWA CITY, Iowa – Student-athletes at the University of Iowa tied a school record and outperformed their peers nationally in the classroom, according to data released today by the NCAA.
According to the NCAA’s annual report on the academic successes across the country, student-athletes who entered the University of Iowa in the fall of 2010 graduated at a rate of 90 percent, when the rate was calculated using the criteria for the NCAA’s “Graduation Success Rate,” or “GSR.”
That mark tied the UI’s previous all-time high score in the GSR posted last year. This year’s mark ranks fourth in the Big Ten and is the highest in the state of Iowa among the three regent schools (Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa).
Six UI teams scored a perfect GSR: field hockey, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, rowing and volleyball. Fifteen of Iowa’s 24 teams posted GSR’s that were at or above the national average of 87 percent.
“I am proud that our student-athletes, coaches and staff members continue to embody our department mission to win, graduate and do it right,” said Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Director of Athletics Chair Gary Barta. “Our students continue to strive for excellence in the classroom, and the rates achieved this year are one more example of that success. They are not only competitive athletically, but also academically, and that represents the University of Iowa in the highest regard.”
Student-athletes who entered the University of Iowa in the fall of 2010 graduated at a rate of 77 percent when the rate was calculated under the criteria of the federal government’s benchmark for graduation success. The UI’s FGR score of 77 ranks third in the Big Ten, and marks the seventh consecutive year that the federal graduation rate for student-athletes at the UI has exceeded 70 percent.
The NCAA introduced the GSR in 2005 to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. Unlike the federal graduation rate, the GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees.