INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Northern Arizona University's NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 84 leads the Big Sky Conference, according to a national report released Tuesday. The NCAA developed the GSR for Division I institutions in 2002 in response to college and university presidents who wanted more accurate graduation data. NAU's rate is the second-highest in the state of Arizona among the Regent institutions.
"Academics continues to be a priority for our athletics department and our continued success in this area is vital to our vision," said Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos. "I am very proud of their hard work. The results of the GSR are a product of our student-athletes, coaches, and administration working together to promote a positive learning environment, while providing educational resources and tools to help the student-athletes excel in the classroom."
Three teams posted a 100 percent graduation success rate for NAU. Women's golf and women's tennis received perfect marks for the third consecutive year, while women's soccer recorded a perfect score for the second year in a row. The men's and women's basketball teams both earned a 90 percent or better GSR. The men's basketball program and men's tennis team both climbed 18 points.
"I am very proud of our student athlete's accomplishments and their dedication to academic excellence," said NAU President Rita Cheng. "Congratulations to our coaches, Dr. Campos and her staff, and of course our athletes, for achieving an 84 percent graduation success rate for the second year in a row."
The latest Academic Progress Rate that was released in April showed that all 15 NAU sponsored sports continue to exceed NCAA academic standards for the seventh straight year.
NAU finished the 2015-16 academic year with a 3.12 overall cumulative grade point average. Fifty-eight student-athletes graduated last school year, while 197 Dean's List honors were bestowed.