Alabama State University student-athletes are continuing to graduate at a high rate, according to data announced today by the NCAA.
Based on the report, the graduation success rate (GSR) for ASU student-athletes is 66 percent. The graduation success rate is determined by the sum of two categories: the percentage of freshmen student-athletes who entered Alabama State in 2008-09 and graduated in a six-year period ending in 2014-15, combined with the percentage of student-athletes who entered the University during a four-year period from 2005-06 to 2008-09.
A total of 53 percent of all student-athletes who entered ASU in 2008-09 graduated from the University in the calculated six-year span. Additionally, 46 percent of student-athletes who entered the University during the four-year period of 2005-06 to 2008-09 earned degrees.
The GSR for student-athletes is based only on those receiving some form of athletics aid (grants, scholarships, etc.) upon entering the University.
A total of six Hornets sports programs posted a GSR of nearly 70 percent or higher. Women’s golf, men’s tennis, and women’s tennis had the highest GSR at 100 percent, followed by women’s basketball (88 percent), women’s soccer (86 percent), women’s cross country / track (79 percent), volleyball (73 percent), men’s cross country / track (71 percent), and men’s golf and softball (each 67 percent).
Alabama State Athletics has hired five new head coaches since the summer of 2011, and each, along with our other six head coaches, has worked diligently with university personnel to improve academic performance and graduation rates for all student-athletes. In the past four academic semesters, an average of more than 170 ASU student-athletes have earned at least a 3.0 GPA, with 50 earning degrees.
“We continue to be proud of our student-athletes’ accomplishments in the classroom,” President Gwendolyn E. Boyd said. “We will continuously review and implement measures to provide essential academic resources for our student-athletes. The University remains committed to assisting them in achieving their educational goals.”
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