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October 29, 2012
By Staff Report
The University of Nevada, Reno's Graduation Success Rate for student-athletes has climbed to an all-time high of 80 percent, according to the most recent data released by the NCAA on Oct. 25.
This year's mark of 80 percent is the highest in school history and up from its previous best of 78 percent in 2011.
The Wolf Pack's graduation rate has increased each year and has climbed 17 percent in the eight years the NCAA has calculated the Graduation Success Rate. It has climbed from 63 percent in 2005 to 65 percent in 2006, 67 percent in 2007, 70 percent in 2008, 73 percent in 2009, 75 percent in 2010, 78 percent in 2011 and now its all-time high of 80 percent this year.
The federal graduation rate for Nevada's student-athletes, which doesn't count transfer students, is also at its all-time high of 71 percent this year. That number has significantly increased from 47 percent in 2007.
"We are very proud to have our Graduation Success Rate reach 80 percent, the highest it has ever been," said Cary Groth, director of Wolf Pack athletics. "Hitting that milestone and having our graduation rate improve in each of the last eight years is a testament to the hard work of our student-athletes as well as the commitment of our academic staff, coaches and university community to providing our student-athletes the support and resources they need to reach their academic goals and graduate."
The current Graduation Success Rate is based on student-athletes who began full-time enrollment at any school in the fall of 2005 and received athletic aid in their first year of college.
The Graduation Success Rate was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. Unlike the federal graduation rate, the Graduation Success Rate holds institutions accountable for transfer student-athletes, includes mid-year enrollees, and is calculated for every sport.
Nevada's all-time high in its Graduation Success Rate marks the latest accomplishment in a year of continued academic successes for the Wolf Pack. The Wolf Pack's teams turned in their eighth consecutive year of penalty-free academic performance in the latest NCAA Academic Progress Rates report. The University also saw 101 student-athletes earn their degrees in the 2011-12 academic year with 50 graduating in December and 51 in May and August.
Overall, Nevada has seen 467 of its student-athletes graduate in the past seven years.
"Just as we cheer on our Wolf Pack teams on the field or on the court, we are also pleased to celebrate their academic success," said Marc Johnson, University president. "The continued improvement in the Graduation Success Rate demonstrates our commitment to help set our student-athletes on a path for success in life."