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Miami student-athletes’ graduation rate among best in nation

Miami’s student-athletes are performing academically at a rate among the highest in the nation according to the latest Federal Graduation Rates (FGR) report.

New FGR figures show 85 percent of Miami’s student-athletes who began college in 2000-2001 graduated within the six years permitted by the formula, up six points from the year before (1999-2000).

What makes Miami’s graduation rate for student-athletes particularly impressive is that Miami’s graduation rate for all undergraduates is already the ninth highest in the nation for public universities, at 81 percent. For the first time since universities were required to report graduation rates for student-athletes, the graduation rate of Miami student-athletes (85 percent) exceeds the benchmark of Miami’s general student body. Last year, the national average for Division I student-athletes was 63 percent, while the general student body of Division I schools graduated at a rate of 61 percent. Only student-athletes receiving athletics aid are included in the NCAA’s reports.

“Miami’s student-athletes continue to demonstrate that intellectual and athletic excellence are compatible and not mutually exclusive,” said Brad Bates, Miami athletic director. “Our student-athlete population has achieved a milestone.”

Overall, Miami’s 81 percent (six-year) graduation rate is 12 points above the expected rate of 69 percent that is based on the qualifications of Miami’s students.

“We are proud of the way that our student-athletes perform on the field and in the classroom,” said President David Hodge. “They embody our idea of engaging the whole student in their collegiate experience, leading to greater success during and after their years at Miami.”

A four-year history of Miami University’s graduation success rate (GSR) shows that the general student body has remained steady at 80 to 81 percent for that period, but that the GSR of Miami’s student-athletes has improved dramatically. In 1997-98, RedHawk athletes’ GSR was 65 percent. It rose the following year to 71 percent, to 79 percent for the freshman class of 1999-2000, then to 85 percent for the most recent graduates.

Breaking down the GSR by gender shows that Miami’s most recent female student-athletes graduated at a rate of 92 percent, with men graduating at 78 percent. The gender comparisons for Miami’s general student graduates showed that Miami women graduated at 82 percent and men graduated at 80 percent.
See the latest Federal Graduation Rates (FGR) report at www.ncaa.org/grad_rates.

Date Published: 11/15/2007
Volume: 27   Number: 10

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