RICHMOND, Va. – The success of VCU’s 278 student-athletes isn’t limited to the playing field. It extends into the classroom.
That was most apparent on Thursday when NCAA’s annual graduation success rate report. VCU posted its highest-ever score of 80 percent.
“We take the term ‘student-athlete’ seriously at VCU, and I believe these GSR rates reflect that. They’re a credit to the hard work of our student-athletes, coaches and Sofia Hiort-Wright’s excellent academic support team,” Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin said. “It’s not easy to be a student-athlete, but this group has done a wonderful job of succeeding athletically without sacrificing achievement in the classroom. The A-10 has an outstanding academic reputation, and our goal is to continue compete with these terrific institutions both on and off the field.”
The GSR report includes full-time freshmen, in addition to transfer students, mid-year enrollees and non-scholarship students. It counts them as an academic success if they graduate within a six-year period. Student-athletes who leave an institution while in good academic standing before exhausting their athletic eligibility are removed from the cohort of their initial institution.
The rate provides a complete and accurate look at actual student-athlete success by taking account the full variety of participants in Division I athletics and tracking their academic outcomes.
“While my staff and I take a great deal of pride in these GSR rates, we need to give the credit where it’s due, and that’s to the student-athletes,” Associate Dean of Student Services and Associate Athletic Director for Academic Support Sofia Hiort-Wright said.”We’ve seen a continued upward trend in our GSR rates because of a sustained commitment to academics and because of the excellent men and women who choose to wear black and gold.”
The current GSR report reflects student-athletes who enrolled at VCU before the 2005-06 season.
The Atlantic 10 ranks second among all conferences.