Oct. 24, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech's student-athletes continue to reach academic progress superlatives as for the sixth straight year the University recorded all-time highs in the most recent Federal Graduation Rate Report released by the NCAA Thursday.
Tech's student-athletes recorded a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 80 percent and a Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) of 59 percent, which both were improvements over last year's numbers.
Louisiana Tech's 80 percent graduation success rate ranks as the second highest in the state among Division I football-playing public institutions, trailing only LSU (81). LA Tech's graduation success rate is four percentage points higher than last year's (76) and easily outdistances the state average of 66 percent among the other nine Division I football-playing public institutions in the state of Louisiana.
Tech also recorded the second highest federal graduation rate of any Division I football-playing public institution in the state at 59 percent, which also bests last year's mark of 56 percent.
"Louisiana Tech's student-athletes continue to demonstrate a high level of dedication to their work in the classroom," said Tech Athletics Director Tommy McCelland. "We appreciate the commitment of all of our student-athletes as well as that of our faculty, coaches and staff. Louisiana Tech has an impressive academic reputation in the state, region and nation, and we are proud of all of the achievements of our student-athletes."
The GSR and federal rate calculations measure graduation in a six-year time frame from initial college enrollment. Student-athletes who entered college in 1998 were the first to be tracked using the graduation success rate. Thus, the most recent numbers released are based off of student-athletes who entered Louisiana Tech in 2006.
The success of Louisiana Tech's student-athletes in the classroom was across the board as 14 of the 16 Division I sanctioned athletic programs recorded at least a 70 percent GSR led by women's basketball and women's tennis with 100 percent scores.
One of the most impressive numbers in comparison to program's across the country was posted by the Bulldog football team which recorded a 79 percent GSR, which is not only its all-time best, but which ranks third among all Conference USA programs (behind only Rice and Tulane, which are both private institutions).
Tech is tied for 25th among all Football Bowl Subdivision programs and fifth among non-AQ and non-US Armed Forces public institutions.
Five of Tech's programs recorded their highest GSR ever, including football, women's basketball, baseball, softball and women's tennis. The Lady Techster basketball team made the highest one-year jump by any of Tech's programs as it saw its GSR improve 25 percentage points to 100 percent.
Three programs also posted their highest Federal Graduation Rate, including women's basketball, softball and golf. A total of 14 (out of 16) programs saw an overall improvement in their GSRs while 11 saw an increased in their FGRs.
For the 13th consecutive year, Tech's student-athletes are graduating at a higher rate than its student body. Tech's student-athlete graduation rate of 67 percent is 20 percentage points higher than the overall student body's graduation rate of 47 percent.
This past May, the NCAA released its Academic Progress Rates (APR) and for the third consecutive year, all 16 of Louisiana Tech's athletic programs remained penalty-free. The University continued to see impressive scores posted by its student-athletes across the board as four programs recorded their highest single year APR while seven of them saw their highest four-year APR.
In addition to succeeding on the gridiron and the hardwood, the Bulldog football and men's basketball teams led the way in continued improvements in the classroom. The LA Tech football team posted an all-time high single year (961) and multi-year (951) APR as its multi-year APR was the second highest among all Division I public institutions in the state.
Under the direction of second year head coach Mike White, the Bulldog basketball team - which suffered NCAA penalties four years ago - recorded an all-time program best single year APR of 951.