Wolf Pack grad rates at all-time high

10/27/2010 - By: Rhonda Lundin

The University of Nevada, Reno's student-athletes have posted an overall Graduation Success Rate of 75 percent, the highest mark in school history and up from its previous best mark of 73 percent in 2009. Nevada’s Graduation Success Rate has improved in each of the last six years the NCAA has released the data, going from 63 percent in 2005 to 65 percent in 2006, 67 percent in 2007, 70 percent in 2008, 73 percent in 2009 and now its all-time high of 75 percent in 2010.

The federal graduation rate for Nevada's student-athletes, which doesn’t count transfer students, is 60 percent this year. That number has skyrocketed from 47 percent in 2007.

“We are very proud to see our Graduation Success Rate climb to the highest it’s ever been and improve for each of the last six years. For us to have the highest marks in school history in each of the last three years is a testament to the hard work and achievement of all of our student-athletes,” Nevada Director of Athletics Cary Groth said. “We want to thank our academic staff, coaches and the university community for their dedication to helping give our student-athletes the academic support and resources they need to reach the ultimate goal of completing their college careers with their degrees.”

The current Graduation Success Rate is based on student-athletes who began full-time enrollment at any school in the fall of 2003 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 highest ever Graduation Success Rate mark is the latest accomplishment in a year of continued academic successes for the Wolf Pack. All 17 of Nevada’s teams turned in a multi-year Academic Progress Rate at or above the 925 standard in 2009-10 and received no penalties for the sixth consecutive year. Nevada saw 79 student-athletes earn their degrees in the 2009-10 academic year, while 105 Wolf Pack student-athletes were named to the 2009-10 WAC All-Academic teams.

In addition, Nevada had three of its student-athletes earn academic all-district honors in 2009-10 in Luke Babbitt (men's basketball), Taylor Coffman (men's golf) and Margaret Doolittle (women's swimming and diving). Babbitt earned second-team ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America second-team honors, the first Academic All-American in the history of the Nevada men's basketball program, while golfers Coffman and Scott Smith earned All-America Scholar honors from the Golf Coaches Association of America.

“Our student-athletes, faculty and staff should be congratulated for improving our Graduation Success Rate for the sixth year in a row and for the academic progress they continue to make,” University President Milt Glick said. “Our athletics program understands the importance of producing student-athletes who are as successful in the classroom as they are on the field, and I am very proud of this latest achievement.”


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