RENO, Nev. – The University of Nevada’s Graduation Success Rate for student-athletes remains high with a mark of 77 percent, according to data made available by the NCAA today.
“The overall trend of our performance in the Graduation Success Rate is strong,” Nevada athletics director Doug Knuth said. “Our priority will always be, first and foremost, to serve the academic mission of the University. We are committed to, and continue to invest in, the success of our student-athletes and we are proud of their achievements.”
This is the ninth year that the NCAA has calculated data for the Graduation Success Rate (GSR). Nevada’s average rate for each of the reports during that time is 72 percent. The Wolf Pack’s first score was 63 percent in 2005 to a high-water mark of 80 percent last year. Overall, Nevada has seen 533 of its student-athletes graduate in the past eight years.
The federal graduation rate for Nevada’s student-athletes, which doesn’t count transfer students, is at 64 percent. That number has also increased overall, from 47 percent in 2007.
“The continued academic success of our student-athletes signals the strong commitment of our coaches, athletics staff and the student athletes themselves,” said University President Marc Johnson. “We are committed to the ‘whole’ student. Just as we want to see our student athletes achieve success in the field of competition, we want them to achieve great success in the classroom, earn a college degree and go on to successful careers.”
This year’s GSR is based on student-athletes who began enrollment in the fall of 2006 and received athletic aid in their first year of college. The Graduation Success Rate was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. Unlike the federal graduation rate, the Graduation Success Rate holds institutions accountable for transfer student-athletes, includes mid-year enrollees, and is calculated for every sport.