Loyola Receives Perfect Graduation Success Rates For 12 Of 13 Sports

Nov. 19, 2009

Baltimore, Md. - Loyola University received perfect 100-percent scores for 12 of its 13 reporting sports it was announced today in the latest listing of graduation success rates released recently by the NCAA. All seven of Loyola's women's sports received perfect marks while five of the six men's-sponsored sports did as well.

"This is a wonderful accomplishment and a true credit to our student-athletes and coaches and the excellent job done by our academic support personnel," Loyola Director of Athletics Joe Boylan said in making the announcement. "Not to be forgotten is the understanding of the Loyola University faculty to the challenges that our student-athletes have in the classroom and on the field each day."

Boylan also singled out the work of Bill Heiser, who was responsible for academic support during the reporting period, and current academic support team members Colleen Campbell and Adriana Mason.

For the period between 1999 and 2002, Loyola's women's programs received perfect scores for basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis and volleyball. During that same timeframe, the men's programs in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and swimming matched those perfect scores.

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.

This is the second consecutive year that Loyola has received perfects scores for 12 of its 13 sports. For data released in 2007, Loyola had perfect graduation rates for 11 of its 13 sports.