A-Sun Shines in NCAA Graduation Report

Thursday, October 27, 2011

MACON, Ga. – The NCAA has released its annual Graduation Success Rate (GSR) reports and the Atlantic Sun Conference continues to shine as member institutions boast multiple reports equal to or above the record-high national averages.

The single-year GSR for student-athletes who began college in 2004 is 82 percent, a new high for the NCAA, three points higher than last year and eight points higher than when GSR collection began a decade ago. Additionally, the GSR improved one point over last year and remained at its all-time highest rate, 80 percent, for the student-athlete cohort enrolling from 2001-2004.

More than 61 percent of Atlantic Sun teams (71 out of 116) helped raise the national average to its record high, with 28 of those programs boasting a perfect 100 percent. The report shows every A-Sun member institution that has held active Division I status throughout the data collection period posting a composite A-Sun sport GSR rate at 80 percent or higher, putting each school above last year’s national record rate of 79 percent.

“The NCAA Graduation Success Rate figures confirm the outstanding achievements of A-Sun schools in meeting our mission of Building Winners for Life,” Atlantic Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart said. “This news makes me extremely proud of the great team effort put forth by the A-Sun faculty, our coaches and our student-athletes to continue a leadership role nationally in championing the true balance between student and athlete.”

Other items of note:

“Academic Reform is working. Students are better prepared when they enter college, and they are staying on track to earn their degrees,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said on Tuesday. “Some doubted our efforts, but the resolve of our presidents is strong, and we are reaping the fruit of several years of hard work.”

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The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.