Graduation Rates Rise
Oct. 14, 2008
LAS VEGAS - UNLV's student-athlete graduation numbers continue to rise according to the most recent data collected by the NCAA using the federal calculation for graduation rates, which were released Tuesday by the NCAA.
UNLV has seen its Graduation Success Rate increase in each of the years it has been tracked. The first GSR was released in 2005 and was 53 percent for UNLV, followed by 56 percent in 2006, 63 percent in 2007 and 66 percent in 2008.
In addition, the federal graduation rate among UNLV student-athletes has also continued to rise - it has gone up every year since 2002.
Since UNLV Athletics Director Mike Hamrick arrived at UNLV, the graduation rates have gone from 38 percent in 2004 to this year's school-record mark of 58 percent. In 2005, the rate was 52 percent, in 2006 it was 54 percent and in 2007 it was 56 percent. Prior to Hamrick leading UNLV, the athletics department's rate was just 30 percent in 2002 and 33 percent in 2003. Only students who complete their degrees within six years are counted in the federal graduation rate.
"Thanks to a collaborative effort among our student-athletes, coaches, academic advisors, the university community and the athletics department, our graduation rates continue to rise," Hamrick said. "It is an area we have emphasized and our efforts are paying off. We are pleased with the progress we have made, but recognize that this is an ongoing effort and there is still work to be done. We will continue to strive for more success in the future."
The GSR was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees.
The data released Tuesday was based on the fourth year of GSR data, for students who began full-time enrollment at any college during the 2001-02 school year and received athletic aid in their first year at UNLV.
The GSR differs from the federal graduation rate in that an institution receives credit for a transfer student-athlete who graduates from their institution and is not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing.
The NCAA also calculates the federal graduation rate for student-athletes, because it is the only rate by which to compare student-athletes to the general student body. The most recent GSR data are based on the four entering freshmen classes in Division I from 1998-99 through 2001-02. This year marks the sixth year that GSR data have been collected. The NCAA began collecting GSR data with the entering freshman class of 1995. The latest entering class for which data are available is 2001.