ELMHURST, Ill. – The Summit League was among the NCAA Division I leaders in each of its three sports included in Graduation Success Rates (GSR) data released by the NCAA this week. The league's GSR for women's basketball tied for the top spot in Division I while baseball was second and men's basketball sixth.
"The student-athletes at our nine institutions are to be commended for their academic success," said Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple. "We are extremely proud of the progress made by our student-athletes both in the classroom and on the field of play."
The Summit League was one of just two leagues in Division I women's basketball to post a 100 percent GSR. Additionally, the league's baseball figure of 91 percent was second in Division I while its men's basketball figure of 84 percent placed sixth. All three figures far exceeded the general student body.
The Summit League's overall 82 percent graduation rate in the latest NCAA figures is an all-time best. The 2014 GSR figures are based on student-athletes who entered college in 2007 and graduated within a six-year period through the 2013-14 academic year.
In comparison with the sport averages, The Summit League was 13 percentage points higher than the national average in women's basketball, 12 percentage points in baseball and 10 percentage points in men's basketball.
Within the NCAA's four-year (2004-07) trends, The Summit League increased its women's basketball GSR by 30 percent and both men's basketball and baseball by 17 percent during that span. Conference alignment in the NCAA data is based on the 2014-15 season.
Each year, the NCAA publicly announces the Graduation Success Rate of all Division I institutions. According to this year's Graduation Success Rate data, 84 percent of Division I student-athletes who entered college in 2007 earned a degree within six years.
The NCAA developed the Division I Graduation Success Rate in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflect the mobility among all college students today.
For more information, visit www.ncaa.org.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four 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), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), 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. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 65 All-Americans, 60 Academic All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org, follow on Twitter @thesummitleague, download The Summit League's Front Row app, and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.