Grades Up: Texas Tech Athletes Earn Highest Ever Graduation Success Rate

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LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech Athletics registered its highest Graduation Success Rate in school history during the 2016-17 academic year according to data released Wednesday by the NCAA. This year's rate is based on the average of student-athletes who enrolled in 2007, 2008, 2009 and the most recent data of 2010 and also graduated within six years following their enrollment. Last year, Marshall recorded an 84 percent GSR (for those entering between 2006 and 2009), while the previous three years yielded rates of 74 percent. Student-athletes who graduated in May of 2016 realized a 95 percent career-placement rate.

"The success that our student-athletes are seeing in the classroom is a testament to the type of student-athletes our coaches are recruiting", director of athletics Tim Leonard said in a statement.

Maryland's Federal Graduation Rate for its student average, which takes into account scholarship transfers, was 66 percent, 1 percentage point lower than the NCAA aggregate. Arkansas' previous GSR score was 78 past year and the latest score is 33 percent higher than the 60 it received in the NCAA's first report in 2005.

"Intercollegiate athletics offers an invaluable opportunity for student-athletes at the University of Arkansas to earn their degree while competing in their given sport", said Jeff Long, vice chancellor and director of athletics.

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The football team garnered a score of 80 percent, which was an improvement on last year's 76 percent mark.

The NCAA also released federal graduation rates of all students.

All 13 of Gonzaga's countable programs finished above the national average in their respective sports. This calculation makes it a more complete and accurate look at student-athlete success. Five programs - men's cross country/track and field, women's cross country/track and field, golf, women's tennis and volleyball - own ideal 100-percent GSRs. "For us to once again be at the top of the USM institutions shows the dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and academic support staff". Athletes who transfer in good standing do not count against the school's GSR.

The Marsha Sharp Center for Student Athletes has spaces for private study, computer labs, supplemental-instruction classrooms and a private conferencing area for tutoring and mentoring appointments for the student athletes at Tech, according to the release.

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