WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Purdue student-athletes continue to graduate at an impressive rate, according to statistical information released Wednesday by the NCAA.
The NCAA's annual study of institutions nationwide revealed that Purdue student-athletes on the West Lafayette campus entering from 2007-08 through 2010-11 earned a graduation success rate (GSR) of 84 percent, the same as a year ago. Analysis of the 2011-12 class suggests that Purdue's GSR will improve to the department goal of 85 percent in the spring of 2018.
Purdue student-athletes who exhaust their eligibility presently graduate at a 90 percent rate. Student-athletes who graduated in May of 2016 realized a 95 percent career-placement rate.
Purdue female student-athletes were particularly impressive, with a GSR of 94 percent, while male student-athletes achieved a GSR of 78 percent.
Women's soccer, softball, women's swimming & diving and volleyball all had a 100 percent GSR. Six of the Boilermakers' other 16 programs (the GSR combines cross country and track & field) were equal to or better than their counterparts nationwide: men's basketball (92 percent vs. 78 percent), men's cross country/track & field (83 percent vs. 81 percent), women's cross country/track & field (89 percent vs. 89 percent), football (81 percent vs. 75 percent), men's golf (92 percent vs. 87 percent), and men's tennis (91 percent vs. 90 percent).
Since 1990, the NCAA has annually released graduation rate information on its member institutions from data collected by the U.S. Department of Education. In 2005, the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance implemented the initial release of the GSR data.
The GSR provides a more inclusive calculation of student-athlete academic success. The NCAA rate is more accurate than the federally mandated methodology because it includes incoming transfers who receive athletic aid and graduate and deletes from the calculation student-athletes who leave an institution and were academically eligible to compete. The federal rate does neither.
According to the federal rate, Purdue student-athletes graduated at a 71 percent clip, slightly below the overall Purdue student body mark of 74 percent while significantly better than the 68 percent figure for all Division I student-athletes. The federal rate cohort accounts for all freshmen student-athletes who receive athletics aid and enter during the fall semester. The federal graduation rate calculation is a snapshot of that same cohort six years later. The NCAA also calculates the federal graduation rate for student-athletes because it is the only rate by which to compare student-athletes with the general student body.