@LATechSports Student-Athletes Shine in Classroom
Nov. 8, 2017
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech’s student-athletes recorded a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) above 80 percent for the fifth straight year while also graduating at a higher rate than the student body, according to the NCAA’s 2017 Graduation Success Rate data released Wednesday.
In this year’s report, Louisiana Tech garnered a graduation success rate of 81 percent and a Federal Graduation Rate of 62 percent.
LA Tech’s four-year average for the Federal Graduation Rate is also 62 percent and its single year Federal Graduation Rate (2010-11) is 70 percent, the highest in a decade and the second highest since the NCAA starting monitoring it 13 years ago.
Louisiana Tech's 81 percent graduation success rate is tied for the second highest in the state among Division I football-playing public institutions, trailing only LSU. LA Tech's graduation success rate easily outdistances the state average of 75 percent among the other nine Division I football-playing public institutions in the state of Louisiana.
“Our student-athletes continue to make us proud in the classroom," said Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland. “We are very proud of the hard work and dedication of all of our student-athletes on and off the field as well as that of our coaches and support staff. Our mission is to develop champions in the classroom, on the playing fields and in life. This is just proof that we are accomplishing that mission.”
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 2010.
The success of Louisiana Tech's student-athletes in the classroom was across the board as 15 of the 16 Division I sanctioned athletic programs recorded at least a 73 percent GSR led by men’s golf, softball, women’s bowling, and women’s tennis with 100 percent scores.
Tech saw improvements in this year’s GSR scores in men’s basketball and soccer while men’s golf, women’s bowling, softball and women’s tennis all stayed the same. In the federal graduation rate average, Tech saw improvements in men’s basketball, women’s track and field, softball, women’s soccer and women’s tennis.
This impressive news comes six months after all 16 of Louisiana Tech’s NCAA Division I sanctioned programs met the NCAA requirements and were penalty-free in the most recent Academic Progress Rates (APR) released in late April.
APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation and provides a picture of the academic culture in each sport. Each sport earns a single year rate and then a multi-year rate, which is a four-year average of the single year rates.
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