UNLV Athletics Graduation Rates Rise
Nov. 9, 2006
LAS VEGAS - UNLV's student-athlete graduation rate continues to rise according to the most recent data collected by the NCAA using the federal calculation for graduation rates, which was released Thursday by the NCAA.
The graduation rate by UNLV student-athletes who entered the school in 1999-00 was a school-record 54 percent, compared to just 30 percent in 2001-02 (student-athletes entering in 1995-96) and 33 percent in 2002-03 (entering in 1996-97). Only students who complete their degrees within six years are counted in the graduation rate.
UNLV Athletics' four-class average of 44 percent is also a school record.
"We are extremely happy with the progress we have made with our academics," UNLV Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick said. "It is an area we have emphasized and our efforts are paying off. We are pleased, but will continue to strive for more success in the future."
Additionally, UNLV's student-athletes are graduating at a rate 13 percent higher than that of the overall student-body, which is at 41 percent for students who entered in 1999-00. The UNLV all-student rate in 2001-02 was 36 percent and was 37 percent in 2002-03.
The federal graduation rate is the only measurement to compare student-athlete academic success with the overall student body across the nation. It does not count transfer students or wallk-ons.
The NCAA's new Graduation Success Rate, however, counts transfer student-athletes in its calculation. UNLV's Student-Athlete GSR is 56 percent.