Alcorn 2014-2015 graduation success rate top the Southwestern Athletic Conference

According to the NCAA official federal graduation rate data released Wednesday, Nov. 4, Alcorn State University Athletics leads the Southwestern Athletic Conference with a 69 percent graduation success rate.

Alcorn Athletics increased its score by five points this year, beating its 64 percent graduation success rate achieved last year. The 2014-2015 graduation rate for Alcorn student athletes increased by 27 percentage points over the previous year.

“This collaborative achievement highlights our team’s commitment to winning in the classroom,” Athletics Director Derek Horne said. “We are extremely proud of our student athletes, coaches, academic support members and others who make academic excellence a priority.”

Three Braves men’s programs — golf, tennis and track — earned perfect scores of 100 while women’s volleyball (90) exceeded the graduation success rate national average and women’s tennis (86) achieved the national average.

President Alfred Rankins Jr. is pleased with the success of Alcorn Athletics.

“I am proud of our student athletes for their hard work and commitment to academics,” President Rankins said. “We have made significant gains; however this is one step toward achieving our goal. Through enhanced accountability and academic support programs, our goal is to exceed the national average.”

The NCAA developed the Division I Graduation Success Rate in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflect the mobility among all college students today. Both the Graduation Success Rate and the Academic Success Rate account for the academic outcomes of student athletes who transfer from one institution to another.

Regardless of which rate is used, student athletes are shown to graduate at a higher rate than their peers in the general student body.

The Graduation Success Rate is NCAA's more inclusive calculation of academic success among scholarship student athletes. The NCAA rate is more accurate than the federally mandated methodology because it includes incoming transfers and students enrolling in the spring semester who receive athletic aid and graduate, and deletes from the calculation student athletes who leave an institution and were academically eligible to compete. The federal rate does neither.

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