Alcorn’s student athletes lead Southwestern Athletic Conference’s graduation success rate

Students who participate in Alcorn State University’s athletic programs have once again topped the Southwestern Athletic Conference for their graduation rate.

Alcorn’s student athletes, who scored 69 percent, lead the SWAC for graduation success rate for a second consecutive year, according to the NCAA. The Braves earned the same percentage from the 2014-2015 academic year. The graduation success rate was developed as an improved measurement tool for tracking student athletes’ academic progress leading toward graduation, and is a four-year snapshot of a program’s academic progress.

“The ultimate goal of our athletic academic program is to graduate student athletes at a high level and provide transferable experiences that will heighten personal and professional gains for the next 40 years of their life,” said Jason Cable, assistant vice president for Athletic Compliance and Academic Services at Alcorn.

Cable expressed pride in Alcorn’s student athletes for going above and beyond to achieve high marks in their classes.

“We want to promote academic excellence, not academic eligibility. We want academic excellence to become intrinsic among our student athlete population. Our student athletes have made a conscious effort to achieve their degree, and we will continue to support them in the constant pursuit of comprehensive excellence.”

In 2015-2016, Alcorn student athletes posted a 3.13 cumulative grade point average, which was the highest recorded grade point average in recent history. Alcorn also posted 123 student athletes to earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

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