Ranger excellence: On the field, in the classroom
By Mark Albanese
Assistant AD for Sports Media Relations
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside athletic department continues to excel in the classroom and on the field with the Rangers' athletic conference, the Great Lakes Valley Conference, ranking among the nation's top NCAA Division II leagues for academic success. The GLVC ranks third among 23 NCAA Division II conferences in both academic success rate (ASR) and in the federal graduation rate (FGR) for all student-athletes.
The GLVC had an ASR of 80 percent while sporting a FGR of 62 percent. Those numbers represent an increase from last year's averages, when the GLVC tied for fourth with an ASR at 79 percent and tied for fifth with an FGR at 61 percent.
The report, which focuses on the academic success of freshman cohorts who enrolled in school between 2002-05, and were then given a six-year window to graduate, indicates that 3,404 of the GLVC's 4,263 student-athletes earned their degrees, which established the conference's ASR. The FGR was calculated by 1,889 graduates among 3,059 selected student-athletes.
UW-Parkside student-athletes had an ASR of 54 percent for the 2005 freshman cohort group, outpacing the UW-Parkside general student body rate by 25 percentage points while student-athletes from 2005 had an ASR of 70 percent.
The ASR, which was first introduced in 2005, is a rolling average of the graduation outcomes for Division II student-athletes. Even when using the less-inclusive federal rate (which does not include transfer student-athletes and mid-year enrollees), Division II student-athletes perform significantly better than the general student body. In addition to the 72 percent ASR figure, the FGR for Division II student-athletes is 55 percent, seven percentage points higher than the overall student body at Division II colleges and universities.For more information, visit the GLVC web site.