Oct. 25, 2011
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech's student-athletes reached another all-time high in the classroom as the NCAA released the most recent Federal Graduation Rate Report Tuesday and the University recorded its highest student-athlete Graduation Success Rate (GSR) ever.
Tech's student-athletes recorded a four-year graduation success rate of 72 percent which ranks as the second highest in the state among Division I football-playing public institutions and among the best in the nation.
LA Tech's graduation success rate - which is two percentage points better than last year's previous record-high of 70 - 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 state school at 56 percent, trailing only Tulane.
"The academic achievements of the Louisiana Tech student-athletes demonstrate the quality and dedication of their work in the classroom," said Tech Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde. "We appreciate the commitment of our faculty, coaches and staff in the growth and development of our student-athletes. Louisiana Tech is an academic jewel in the state, 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 2004.
The success of Louisiana Tech's student-athletes in the classroom was across the board as 13 of the 16 Division I sanctioned athletic programs recorded at least a 70 percent GSR led by women's bowling and tennis with perfect 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 75 percent GSR, which is not only its all-time best, but which ranks second among all Division I football-playing schools in Louisiana (including Tulane) and second in the Western Athletic Conference (behind only Utah State at 77 percent).
Tech is tied for 29th among Football Bowl Subdivision programs and tied for eighth among non-AQ and non-US Armed Forces programs.
Five of Tech's programs recorded their highest GSR ever, including football, women's basketball, baseball, women's tennis and women's bowling. The Lady Techster basketball team made the highest one-year jump by any of Tech's programs as it saw its GSR improve 15 percentage points to 71 percent.
For the 12th consecutive year, Tech's student-athletes are graduating at a higher rate than its student body. Tech's student-athlete graduation rate of 55 percent is six percentage points higher than the overall student body's graduation rate of 49 percent.
Tech's student-athletes also boast a cumulative 2.94 grade point average with six of LA Tech's athletics programs recording a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher during the 2010-11 school year.
This past May, the NCAA released its Academic Progress Rates (APR) and for the third consecutive year, Louisiana Tech saw impressive improvements in the majority of its scores. Louisiana Tech saw eight of its 16 NCAA sanctioned programs record their highest multi-year APR rates ever while four of the programs registered their highest single year APR score ever. Three of the programs also earned a perfect 1,000 score on the single year rate.
Fourteen of Tech's program saw an increase in their multi-year APR while eight of them saw an increase in their single-year rate. All 16 of Louisiana Tech's NCAA sanctioned programs will be penalty free in 2011-12.