Men's basketball team has 100 percent graduation rate

October 15 2008

Overall rate for all ISU student athletes is 89 percent

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana State University's men's basketball team has a 100 percent graduation success rate, according to an NCAA report released Tuesday, one of just 27 schools nationwide to achieve that perfect score.

In addition, the Indiana State athletic program has an 89 percent graduation rate for student-athletes, well above the national average of 79 percent.

"The Graduation Success Rate is something that we take a lot of pride in at Indiana State Athletics," Ron Prettyman, director of athletics, said. "Our coaches, student athletes, administrators and Student Academic Services Office get a lot of credit for the prioritization of academics in the daily lives of Sycamore student-athletes. The Indiana State University Faculty also gets much credit for their commitment to all students in the effort to create the love of learning in an outstanding educational environment."

The Graduation Success Rate is a measurement of student-athletes at Division I schools within four years of entering classes. The current report measured student-athletes who entered school from 1998-99 to 2001-02. Student-athletes have six years to complete their graduation requirements.

An average of 89 percent of student-athletes who entered Indiana State in the 2001-02 school year graduated with 83 percent of men student-athletes and 96 percent of women student-athletes completing their graduation requirements.

Indiana State, Notre Dame and Evansville were the only men's basketball programs in the state of Indiana with a perfect 100 percent GSR. Among the other Division I schools in Indiana, Butler had 92 percent, Valparaiso 82 percent, Purdue 77 percent, Ball State 67 percent, Indiana 62 percent, IUPUI 52 percent, and IPFW 50 percent. Only Indiana State and Evansville had 100 percent GSR in the Missouri Valley with Southern Illinois third at 86 percent.

The Sycamore football program is tops in the Missouri Valley Football Conference at 80 percent, fourth in the state of Indiana and 41st in the nation out of 233 schools. Only Notre Dame (94 percent), Valparaiso (90 percent) and Butler (83 percent) had better GSR's. Ball State came in at 72 percent, Indiana 58 percent and Purdue 63 percent. The national average for Division I-A is 67 percent and for Division I-AA 65 percent.

The other Indiana State men's sport that had a 100 percent graduation success rate was the tennis team who joined Drake and Evansville as the only Missouri Valley schools with a perfect mark. Sycamore baseball had an 86 percent rate (second best in the Missouri Valley) and men's cross country/track & Field is at 73 percent.

In women's athletics, soccer, softball and tennis each had a perfect score of 100 percent in their GSR. Creighton and Northern Iowa also had a perfect mark in women's soccer while Bradley, Creighton, Drake, Evansville and Southern Illinois were also at 100 percent in softball. Creighton and Evansville were also at 100 percent in women's tennis.

Indiana State's women's basketball team had a graduation success rate of 97 percent which ranks the team eighth in Indiana and 155th nationally out of 318 schools. Evansville, Notre Dame and Valparaiso were the only Indiana schools with a perfect mark of 100 percent. Ball State and Butler were both at 91 percent, Indiana 90 percent, Purdue 89 percent, IUPUI 69 percent and IPFW 42 percent.

Among Valley schools, Creighton, Drake, Evansville and Northern Iowa had perfect marks in women's basketball.

Women's cross country/track & field had a graduation rate of 97 percent which is fourth best in the Missouri Valley. Bradley, Creighton and Evansville had 100 percent GSRs.

For students who enrolled at Indiana State during the 2001-02 year, 62 percent of student-athletics graduated compared to 41 percent of all students. The four-class average was 60 percent for student-athletes and 40 percent for all students.

According to the NCAA study, the most recent GSR data show that 79 percent of freshmen student-athletes who entered college in 2001 earned their four-year degrees. The average Graduation Success Rate for the last four graduating classes is 78 percent. Both rates are up one percentage point from last year.

NCAA president Myles Brand praised the latest figures, citing increased initial-eligibility standards and an overall emphasis on academics, including the development of Academic Progress Rate for each Division I sports team, as key factors contributing to student-athlete success.

"Nearly eight out of 10 Division I student-athletes are finishing college and earning their degrees," Brand said. "This is extremely good news. We still have work to do and can't declare a victory just yet, but the trend lines are moving in the right direction.

Writer: Kevin Jenison, assistant director of athletics media relations, Indiana State University, 812-237-4073 or ejenison@isugw.indstate.edu

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Indiana State University's men's basketball team has a 100 percent graduation success rate, according to the NCAA, one of just 27 schools nationwide to achieve that perfect score. In addition, the Indiana State athletic program has an 89 percent graduation rate for student-athletes, well above the national average.

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