As a rallying point on the road to preeminence, Purdue Athletics administrators coined the term "25/75 Club" to articulate a vision of an intercollegiate athletics organization that achieves an average finish in the top 25 across all sports and graduates 75 percent of its student-athletes.
To better reflect graduation success, the "25/75" was altered to "25/85" - using as its metric the Graduation Success Rate (which better accounts for transfer activity) - when the athletics department strategic plan for 2008 to 2014 was unveiled.
In the 2015-16 Directors' Cup standings, Purdue was 45th out of 351 schools, good for the 87th percentile, on the strength of 491.75 points (the most in three years). When tallying only those sports that Purdue offers, the ranking moved up seven spots to 38th.The Graduation Success Rate presently stands at at 84 percent.
In 1993-94, Purdue ranked 81st in the Directors' Cup and had a 59 percent graduation rate.
Only 16 schools achieved the "25/85" designation in 2014-15: Stanford, UCLA, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas, Notre Dame, Florida State, Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Duke, Baylor, Washington and Alabama.