LA Tech Student-Athletes Continue to Shine in Classroom

Nov. 16, 2016

RUSTON – Louisiana Tech’s student-athletes recorded a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) above 80 percent for the fourth straight year while also graduating at a higher rate than the student body, according to the NCAA’s 2016 Graduation Success Rate data released Wednesday.

In this year’s report, Louisiana Tech garnered a graduation success rate of 82 percent – falling just one point short of matching the University’s all-time high set last year – and a Federal Graduation Rate of 55 percent. LA Tech’s four-year average for the Federal Graduation Rate is 61 percent.

Louisiana Tech's 82 percent graduation success rate ranks as 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 73 percent among the other nine Division I football-playing public institutions in the state of Louisiana.

“This is a testament to the commitment by our student-athletes in the classroom," said Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland. "We are very proud of the hard work of all of our student-athletes as well as that of our coaches and staff. Our mission is to develop champions in the classroom, on the playing fields and in life. These types of numbers prove 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 2009.

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 72 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 track, women’s bowling, softball and women’s volleyball while baseball, men’s golf and women’s tennis all stayed the same. In the four-year graduation rate average, Tech saw improvements in football, men’s golf, women’s basketball, women’s bowling and women’s volleyball.

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.

Women’s basketball and men’s cross country both posted perfect 1,000 single year APR scores while a total of six programs recorded improvement in the single year rates while five programs recorded improvements in the four-year multi-year scores.

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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