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GW Fields 13 Teams With NCAA Perfect Graduation Rate Including League-Leading 11 A-10 Teams

Nov. 20, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC -- George Washington leads the Atlantic 10 Conference with 11 teams, including eight women's teams, with a perfect Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 100%. The 2009 GSR is based on four-year graduation rates from student-athletes entering the University from 1999-2002. The Atlantic 10 boasts 65 teams with a perfect graduation rate according to the NCAA Graduation Success Report on Division I student-athletes released Wednesday.

The 11 GW teams that compete in the Atlantic 10 Conference with perfect averages are: women's basketball, women's cross country, women's rowing, women's lacrosse, men's soccer, women's soccer, softball, men's swimming, women's swimming, women's tennis and volleyball. In addition, two more GW teams that earned perfect graduation rates were men's and women's water polo, which are non-A-10 championship-sponsored sports.

The University also boosts four teams (women's cross country, women's lacrosse, softball and men's soccer) with a federal graduation rate of 100%, an overall student-athlete GSR of 95% and a 96% graduation rate for student-athletes who exhausted their eligibility (those entering GW from 1993-94 through 2002-03 academic years).

"The academic success of our student-athletes is a tribute, not only to their hard work and commitment to excellence, but to the ongoing emphasis placed upon academics by The George Washington University and the entire Atlantic 10 Conference," said Karen Ercole, GW Director of Academic Support for Student-Athletes. "We are very proud of the academic achievements of our student-athletes and congratulate them, as well as all of the student-athletes in the A-10."

The calculations for the GSR and federal rate both limit time to graduation from initial college enrollment to six years.

The NCAA developed the Graduation Success Rate as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The rate holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The Graduation Success Rate also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.

Under the calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. The outgoing transfers are essentially passed to the receiving institution's Graduation Success Rate cohort.

By counting incoming transfer students and midyear enrollees, the Graduation Success Rate increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by more than 37 percent. The NCAA also calculates the federal graduation rate for student-athletes. It is the only rate by which to compare student-athletes to the general student body.

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