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Six Elon athletics teams honored for perfect NCAA graduation scores

The annual NCAA Graduation Success Rate data highlights academic success of Phoenix athletics.

Four women's teams and two men's teams are among the Southern Conference teams that earned perfect NCAA Graduation Success Rate scores in a report released Oct. 25.

Earning perfect 100 scores were the Phoenix women's cross country and track teams, women's golf team, women's volleyball team, men's golf team and men's tennis team.

The Southern Conference was among the top performing Division I conferences in data released by the NCAA. Twelve of 15 conference sports met or exceeded the Division I average. Additionally, the SoCon exceeded the national average among FCS conferences in 13 of 15 sports. The scores include data from the 2002-05 cohorts, which allowed student-athletes six years to graduate.

“Our members take great pride in running competitive athletic programs within the academic missions of their institutions,” said Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino. “These GSR figures are evidence of their efforts.”

A total of 47 men’s teams and 48 women’s teams topped their respective Division I average, while more than 25 percent (43 of 155) of the SoCon’s teams posted a perfect score, including 27 women’s programs.

Eleven of the SoCon’s 12 schools, including Elon, had multiple squads meet or exceed the Division I average in their sport, while eight Southern Conference institutions, including Elon, had multiple teams post perfect scores of 100.

Developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative, the GSR is used to assess the academic success of student-athletes. The GSR measures graduation rates at Division I institutions and includes students transferring into the institutions. The GSR also allows schools to subtract student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained.

Southern Conference Sports Exceeding Division I National Average

Men: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country & Track, Football, Golf, Soccer and Tennis
Women: Basketball, Cross Country & Track, Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball

Dan Anderson,
10/26/2012 5:49 PM