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Washington Post Touts Loyola's Student-Athlete Grad Rates

Nov. 5, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Loyola University Maryland's student-athletes were ranked third in all of NCAA Division I last week in the latest Graduation Success Rate report released by the association.The Greyhounds' success has drawn the attention of the media, as well, as Daniel de Vise highlighted Loyola in a blog on WashingtonPost.com this week.

The NCAA developed the Graduation Success Rate as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The rate holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The Graduation Success Rate also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.

Under the calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. The outgoing transfers are essentially passed to the receiving institution's Graduation Success Rate cohort.

By counting incoming transfer students and midyear enrollees, the Graduation Success Rate increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by more than 37 percent. The NCAA also calculates the federal graduation rate for student-athletes. It is the only rate by which to compare student-athletes to the general student body.

The most recent report recognized the success of schools for graduating freshmen entering the institution in 2003. Colgate University had a 100-percent graduation rate, and the University of Notre Dame was at 99-percent.

Loyola was one of six schools -- along with Duke University, College of the Holy Cross, Furman University, Lafayette College and Northwestern University -- to check in tied for third with a 97-percent graduation rate.

Of the Greyhounds' 14 sports tracked in this report, 12 had perfect 100-percent graduation rates, and one sport did not have any freshmen in 2003.

To read the complete blog on WashingtonPost.com, click here.