Lions Making the Grade
Loyola Marymount Athletics continues to earn high rates as NCAA releases annual Federal Graduation Rates and Graduation Success Rates.
Oct. 17, 2008
Los Angeles, CA - Loyola Marymount University Athletics continues its tradition of high marks in its academic standards, according to the NCAA Federal Graduation Rate and Graduation Success Rate Reports released nationally this week. According to the report, the Lions graduate 91 percent of its student-athletes who received athletics financial aid and exhausted their eligibility.
The high academic marks have become a cornerstone to "Building Champions," according to LMU Athletics Director Dr. William Husak. "At LMU we are all about Building Champions, which reflects three areas, all very important to being a Lion. It means buidling champions in the classroom, building champions within athletic competition, and building champions in life. We take great pride in making sure our students not only graduate, but graduate within four years. These rate really reflect that effort."
LMU's Federal Graduation Rate came in at 74 percent while the Graduation Success Rate was at 86 percent. The 4-class average for LMU was at 73 percent. All four marks for the Lions came in at the top half of the West Coast Conference, which LMU is a member of in 12 of its NCAA Division I varsity programs.
"The West Coast Conference has become known not only as a very competitive conference within NCAA Division I, it has always been known as a very successful conference in terms of its academics. As each school becomes better competitively, the academics continue to be among the nation's best," said Husak. "We are very proud to be among the top of this very, very good conference."
1) Federal Rate. Provides freshman-cohort graduation rates for all student-athletes who received athletics aid at this college or university and graduated within six years.
General Information on the NCAA Report:
The graduation-rates report provides information about two groups of students at the college or university identified at the top of the form: (1) all undergraduate students who were enrolled in a full-time program of studies for a degree, and (2) student-athletes who received athletics aid from the college or university for any period of time during their entering year. [Note: Athletics aid is a grant, scholarship, tuition waiver or other assistance from a college or university that is awarded on the basis of a student's athletics ability.]
The report gives graduation information about students and student-athletes entering in 2001. This is the most recent graduating class for which the required six years of information is available. The report provides information about student-athletes who received athletics aid in one or more of eight sports categories: football, men's basketball, baseball, men's track/cross country, men's other sports and mixed sports, women's basketball, women's track/cross country, and other women's sports. For each of those sports categories, it includes information in six self-reported racial or ethnic groups: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, Black, Hispanic, Non-Resident Alien, White, and Other (not included in one of the other six groups or not available) and the total (all seven groups combined).
A graduation rate (percent) is based on a comparison of the number (N) of students who entered a college or university and the number of those who graduated within six years. For example, if 100 students entered and 60 graduated within six years, the graduation rate is 60 percent. It is important to note that graduation rates are affected by a number of factors: some students may work part-time and need more than six years to graduate, some may leave school for a year or two to work or travel, some may transfer to another college or university, or some may be dismissed for academic deficiencies.
Three different measures of graduation rates are presented in this report: (1) freshman-cohort rate, (2) graduation success rate (GSR) and (3) exhausted-eligibility rate. The freshman-cohort rate indicates the percentage of freshmen who entered during a given academic year and graduated within six years. The graduation success rate (GSR) adds to the first-time freshmen, those students who entered mid-year, as well as student-athletes who transferred into an institution. In addition, the GSR will subtract students from the entering cohort who are considered allowable exclusions (those who either die or become permanently disabled, those who leave the school to join the armed forces, foreign services or attend a church mission), as well as those who would have been academically eligible to compete had they returned to the institution. The exhausted-eligibility rate indicates the percentage of student athletes who used all of their athletics eligibility at this college or university and who graduated by August 2007.