EKU Student-Athletes Continue To Post Strong Graduation Rates

by Darrell Jordan | Posted on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

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EKU student-athletes are graduating at a rate of 82 percent, according to the NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report.

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University student-athletes are graduating at a rate of 82 percent, according to the NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report that was released by the organization recently.

The report states Eastern Kentucky graduated 82 percent of its student-athletes who entered college in 2007-2010 on scholarship.

Eastern’s men’s basketball and volleyball (tied) programs posted the highest GSR in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the football program’s GSR of 75 just missed tying Louisville (76) for the best in Kentucky.

The volleyball program posted a perfect 100 percent Graduation Success Rates. A total of seven EKU sports had rates among the top-4 in the Commonwealth.

The graduation rates for football, men’s basketball and volleyball ranked among the top-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference in those respective sports. Volleyball’s perfect rate tied for first in the conference.

The Division I Board of Directors created the GSR in response to Division I college and university presidents who wanted data that more accurately reflected the mobility of college students than the federal graduation rate.

The federal rate counts any student who leaves a school as an academic failure, no matter whether he or she enrolls at another school. Also, the federal rate does not recognize students who enter school as transfer students.

Despite those limitations of the federal graduation rate, EKU student-athletes maintain a much higher federal graduation rate than the University’s student body as a whole. The 2010-11 cohort graduated at a rate of 60 percent, compared to 45 percent for the student body.

The GSR formula removes from the rate student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible and includes student-athletes who transfer to a school after initially enrolling elsewhere. This calculation makes it a more complete and accurate look at student-athlete success.

The rate also allows for a deeper understanding of graduation success in individual sports than the federal metric, which provides only broad groupings.