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UDM Graduation Success Rate Receives High Marks

November 04, 2014

University of Detroit Mercy student-athletes have once again received high marks in the annual Graduation Success Rate (GSR) figures released Tuesday, Oct. 28 by the NCAA. For the tenth straight year, the school ranks among the top five in the state with a score above 80 percent. The Titans finished with an overall score of 81 percent, while also having four teams with perfect scores.

Titans LogoOverall, the numbers show that Division I student-athletes continue to perform well in the classroom, and more of them are graduating.

From 2004-2007, Graduation Success Rates at UDM included four teams with perfect scores: men's and women's golf, men's fencing and men's tennis. Also, the Titans men's fencing program posted perfect scores in the Federal Graduation Rate (FGR), while UDM recorded an overall FGR score of 66, which ranks fourth in the state.

"The latest figures prove the commitment to academic success that our student-athletes, athletic department and University have," said Steve Corder '98, UDM's Assistant Athletic Director for NCAA Compliance. "This is a clear indication of the fact that when a student-athlete comes to the University of Detroit Mercy, our highest priority is for them to graduate."

The GSR for the last four graduating classes of all Division I student-athletes (2004-2007) jumped two percentage points from last year to 84 percent, which is an all-time high for the NCAA.

"Supporting student-athlete success in the classroom is at the heart of our Association, and today's announcement shows progress toward that goal that is nothing short of remarkable," NCAA President Mark Emmert said. "We are delighted to see a record percentage of student-athletes achieve graduation, the ultimate goal of entering college."

The NCAA's Graduation Success Rate includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing, unlike the federal graduation rate, which does not count transfers. The GSR and federal rate calculations measure graduation over six years from first-time college enrollment.

The federal graduation rate, while less inclusive than the GSR, provides the only measure of historic academic comparison between student-athletes and the general student body. By this standard, student-athletes consistently outperform nearly all their peers in the student body.

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