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Northern Arizona Athletics Posts Improved Graduation Success Rate

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University posted an improved Graduation Success Rate for the third consecutive year, posting a school-best 75 percent rate released by the NCAA on Oct. 27.

The 75 percent graduation success rate is the highest for NAU since the NCAA created the system. NAU has improved from a 59 percent GSR for the four-year period reported in 2007, 67 percent in 2008 and a 70 percent rate in 2009.

The NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) was developed in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflect the mobility among college students today. It improves on the federally mandated graduation rates by including students who were omitted from the federal calculation.

The GSR measures graduation rates at Division I institutions and includes students-athletes transferring into the institutions. The GSR also allows institutions to subtract student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained.

NAU student-athletes posted a 39 percent federal graduation rate for the entering class from 2003-04. The department had coaching changes in both volleyball and tennis that factored in retention in the class, affecting the graduation success for given year. The four-year federal rate class average (51 percent) was still in line with the overall student body (49 percent) for the same period.

The swimming and diving program led the department for the third consecutive year with a 93 percent GSR among eight programs with a 70 percent or better mark.

Federal Graduation Rates are calculated for both student-athletes and the general student population.  Therefore only the Federal Graduation Rate can be used to compare graduation rates of student-athletes with those of the general student population.  

                                    GSR                All Students*              Student-Athletes*     

2003-04                       75                    50                                39       

2002-03                       70                    53                                60       

2001-02                       67                    48                                70       

2000-01                       59                    47                                51       

1999-00                       62                    48                                54                   

1998-00                       62                    50                                43

* Federal Graduation Rate

GSR – Graduation Success Rate

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