Purple Eagles Excelling in the Classroom

October 29, 2013  |  by Michael Freedman

The Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of Niagara University student-athletes is 6 percent higher than the Division I national average, according to figures released Thursday by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Purple Eagles posted a cumulative GSR of 88 percent.

In addition to the overall department score, five programs – men’s golf, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and women’s volleyball – registered a perfect (100) GSR. In addition, 11 of Niagara’s individual programs had higher scores than the national average.

“The Graduation Success Rate of Niagara University Student-Athletes is another example of the university’s commitment to excellence, and it is recognition of our fundamental belief that excellence abounds at Niagara in the classroom, in athletic competition and in our community service efforts,” said Fr. James Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University. “I heartily congratulate our student athletes, coaches, support staff and faculty for their continual commitment to outstanding achievement.”

The NCAA also released the Federal Graduation Rate as part of the report. Niagara’s FGR score is 71 percent, which is also 6 percent higher than the national average.

The GSR was developed by the NCAA in an effort to more accurately measure the academic success of Division I student-athletes by better accounting for the various academic avenues followed by today’s college students.

The NCAA also gauges the federal graduation rate for student-athletes, because it is the only rate to compare student-athletes to the general student body.

For more information, contact Derick Thornton at 716.286.8588 or ude.aragainnull@notnrohtd.