Fayette, IA (January 6, 2010)—According to the NCAA’s latest research into Division II Academic Success Rate (ASR), Upper Iowa University scored high and showed marked improvement.
NCAA results show Upper Iowa student-athletes who enrolled in the class of 2002 posted a six-year graduation rate of 96 percent. This is a 5 percent increase over the entering class of 2000 and a 2 percent increase over the 2001 cohort rate. Note the average Division II student-athlete graduation rate for the entering class of 2002 posted 71 percent.
“This is an achievement that our student-athletes, coaches, faculty, staff, alumni and university administration can certainly be proud of,” said UIU Director of Athletics David Miller. “The student-athlete experience is an important aspect of our young people’s time at Upper Iowa University.”
Miller added, “This research proves that our student-athletes are taking advantage of the opportunity to gain a meaningful education in order to graduate with a degree that will set them on the path to succeed in their life after athletics. I congratulate Upper Iowa’s staff and faculty for their fine work with our student-athletes so they can excel in the classroom, as well as on the playing field, the court, and of course, the mat.”
According to its website, the terms "student" and "athlete" are synonymous within the NCAA because when the athlete can no longer play, the student can still succeed. The NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and the ASR were developed in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflect the mobility among college students today.
Both rates improve on the federally mandated graduation rate by including students who were omitted from the federal calculation, such as transfer students and students who left the institution in good academic standing. However, given the partial-scholarship financial aid model of Division II, ASR goes one step further and also includes student-athletes not receiving athletically related financial aid.
“Athletics directors and presidents are routinely discussing academics—more so than ever before,” states Walter Harrison, chair of the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance. “At the ground level of academic reform on our campuses, there has been monumental change.”
To view Upper Iowa’s ratings, go to www.ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?key=/ncaa/ncaa/academics+and+athletes
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