UMass Graduation Rate Climbs
UMass Graduation Rate Climbs
Athletic Director Ian McCaw

Athletic Director Ian McCaw

Oct. 9, 2002

AMHERST, Mass. -- According to the most-recent NCAA graduation report, Massachusetts student-athletes graduate at a 71 percent clip, a seven percent increase over last year's 64 percent mark, and a rate that ranks some 11 percent higher than the national Division I-A average.

"We are very pleased with what our student-athletes are doing in the classroom," UMass Athletic Director Ian McCaw said. "Our high graduation rate is a reflection of the hard work put in by our student-athletes in the classroom, and the commitment of our coaches and academic services staff to excellence in the classroom and athletic success.

"I've been very impressed with the student-athletes I've had a chance to meet on campus so far," he added. "They're very bright, engaging, articulate young people."

The NCAA report also revealed that the graduation rate for UMass student-athletes is 12 percent higher than both the Division I-AA national average and the overall rate of all Massachusetts students, and 16 percent better than the average for Division I public institutions.

In addition, over the last decade more than 90 percent of UMass student-athletes who complete their eligibility at the school left with degrees in hand, and the school's student-athlete graduation rate of 68 percent during that time frame is six points better than the general student population average.

"I continue to marvel at the academic performance of our student-athletes," UMass Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Services Mike Jenkins said. "Our student-athletes continue to excel both academically and athletically, and I'm very proud of their continued success in the classroom."

While winning the Atlantic 10 Conference Commissioner's Cup six times in the past eight years, Massachusetts student-athletes have led the league in academic All-Conference selections seven times in that span, including the 2001-02 academic year, when it had a league-high 30 academic honorees.

The NCAA report tracks student-athletes who enrolled at UMass during the 1995-96 academic year. Only student-athletes who received athletic aid or who signed a National Letter of Intent are included in the above figures.