Winning athletic competitions are important for colleges, but what is more important is making sure their student-athletes graduate.
The NCAA released their 2020 Graduation Success Rate, and UE finished with a 99%. This is an incredibly high number, so much so that UE has earn more revenue for the Missouri Valley Conference and Purples Aces athletic programs.
Details on how GSR is measured is in the full press release below.
Beginning in Spring 2020, a portion of Division I revenue was distributed to member schools based on the academic achievement of student-athletes. The model allows schools with higher graduation rates and academic success to qualify for more funds. The 2020 GSR release contained aggregate data for the 2010-11 through the 2013-14 freshman cohorts.
“Our graduation success rate is the ultimate highlight of what it means to be a student-athlete,” University of Evansville President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz exclaimed. “We are extraordinarily proud of our athletes for their commitment to excelling in the classroom and our coaches for helping them to become professionals outside of athletics.”
With its tally, the Purple Aces finished in a first-place tie in the Missouri Valley Conference. The successful rate for UE athletics results in the second year of earning additional academic credit funds for GSR performances that exceed that of the entire university student body.
“This a testament to the work that our student-athletes put into the classroom, as well as the time and effort our coaches put in to recruit the type of student-athlete that can succeed in a rigorous academic environment like the University of Evansville,” UE Director of Athletics Mark D. Spencer expressed.
Criteria to earn NCAA academic units along with information about the NCAA Graduation Success Rates are included below.
A school earns an academic unit by meeting any ONE of the three standards.
Graduation Success Rate for most recently available year is equal to or greater than 90 percent. The average of single-year rates for all teams is used.
Difference between student-athlete and student body percentages in the most recently published Federal Graduation Rate is equal to or greater than 13 percentage points.
Academic Progress Rate for previous year is equal to or greater than 985. The average of single-year scores for all teams is used to determine eligibility for this standard.
NCAA GSR INFORMATION
All colleges and universities are required by NCAA legislation and federal law (the Student Right-to-Know act from 1990) to report student graduation rates, and those institutions offering athletics aid are required to report for their student-athletes as well. The NCAA acquires student-athlete graduation rate data from the Department of Education’s Integrated Post-Secondary Data System Graduation Rate Survey (IPEDS-GRS).
The student-athlete graduation rate calculated directly based on IPEDS-GRS (which is the methodology the U.S. Department of Education requires) is the proportion of first-year, full-time student-athletes who entered a school on athletics aid and graduated from that institution within six years. This federal rate does not account for students who transfer from their original institution and graduate elsewhere; they are considered non-graduates at both the college they left and the one from which they eventually graduate.
The NCAA GSR differs from the federal calculation in two important ways. First, the GSR holds colleges accountable for those student-athletes who transfer into their school. Second, the GSR does not penalize colleges whose student-athletes transfer in good academic standing. Essentially, those student-athletes are moved into another college’s cohort.