ELMHURST, Ill. - A total of 34 Summit League programs posted perfect Graduation Success Rate (GSR) scores and seven league sports finished at or above national standards in the latest report released by the NCAA. Information is based on the 2010 cohort year.
Denver and South Dakota State tied for a league-best six programs with perfect 100 percent rates. Four schools, North Dakota State, Omaha, South Dakota and Western Illinois, each had four programs achieve perfect marks.
By sport, volleyball had a league-high six teams with perfect 100 percent scores. Three other sports, women's basketball, men's and women's golf, each had five schools hit perfect marks.
Seven Summit League sports finished at or above the national average for their respective sports. Volleyball led the way with a 97 GSR average, five better than the national rate. Women's basketball averaged a 94 GSR, also five better than the national mark. Baseball (85) and men's basketball (83) were five points better than their national averages. Men's soccer (85) finished above national average while women's tennis (94) equaled the national average. The overall national GSR across all sports was an all-time high 87 percent.
The NCAA Graduation Success Rate begins with the federal cohort (which provides a measure of historic academic comparison between student-athletes and the general student body), and adds transfer students, mid-year enrollees, and non-scholarship students (in specific cases) to the sample. Student-athletes who leave an institution while in good academic standing before exhausting athletic eligibility are removed from the cohort of their initial institution. This rate provides a more complete and accurate look at actual student-athlete success by taking into account the full variety of participants in Division I athletics and tracking their academic outcomes.
Summit League Perfect GSR Scores by School
Denver: 6 (MBB, WBB, MGF, WSOC, WSD, VB)
South Dakota State: 6 (WBB, MGF, WGF, MTN, WTN, VB)
North Dakota State: 4 (WBB, MGF, WGF, VB)
Omaha: 4 (MGF, MSOC, WTN, VB)
South Dakota: 4 (MBB, WBB, WGF, VB)
Western Illinois: 4 (WBB, WSD, WTN, VB)
Oral Roberts: 3 (MGF, WGF, WTN)
Eastern Illinois (affiliate): 2 (MSOC, MSD)
Fort Wayne: 1 (WGF)
Summit League Perfect GSR Scores by Sport
Men's Basketball: 2 (Denver, South Dakota)
Women's Basketball: 5 (Denver, North Dakota State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Western Illinois)
Men's Golf: 5 (Denver, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota State)
Women's Golf: 5 (Fort Wayne, North Dakota State, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State)
Men's Soccer: 2 (Eastern Illinois, Omaha)
Women's Soccer: 1 (Denver)
Men's Swimming and Diving: 1 (Eastern Illinois)
Women's Swimming and Diving: 2 (Denver, Western Illinois)
Men's Tennis: 1 (South Dakota State)
Women's Tennis: 4 (Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota State, Western Illinois)
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.