Denver Leads The Summit League and Colorado in Graduation Success Rate

Nov. 9, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (DU/NCAA) – The University of Denver Division of Athletics and Recreation finished with a 93 percent graduation success rate (GSR) in the 2010 cohort, finishing first in both The Summit League and among Division I schools in the state of Colorado, the NCAA released with the rest of its graduation success rate data on Wednesday.

“Our 93% graduation rate is fantastic, although we won’t be satisfied until we reach 100%,” Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation Peg Bradley-Doppes said. “The secret of our success here at DU is the culture which everyone buys into, from our coaches and student-athletes to our incredible academic and student-support services. DU deservedly gets a lot of credit nationally for our wins on the fields of play, however, it is the academic achievements of our student-athletes that truly makes DU the special place that it is.

“Our entire Division buys in so much to our Denver culture that 100% of our DU student-athletes and 100% of our DU coaches and staff contribute to their university. They are proud to be Pioneers!”

In the latest data released from the 2010 cohort, nine programs finished with a perfect 100 in GSR. DU’s perfect programs in the metric were men’s basketball, men’s golf, men’s ice hockey, women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics, women’s skiing, women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving and women’s volleyball.

The Division I Board of Directors created the GSR in response to Division I college and university presidents who wanted data that more accurately reflected the mobility of college students than the federal graduation rate. The federal rate counts any student who leaves a school as an academic failure, no matter whether he or she enrolls at another school. Also, the federal rate does not recognize students who enter school as transfer students.

Division I student-athletes in nearly all sports and demographics improved their graduation rates, most notably a three-percentage point increase for African-Americans in all sports, which contributed to a record-high 87 percent Graduation Success Rate nationally.

The GSR formula removes from the rate student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible and includes student-athletes who transfer to a school after initially enrolling elsewhere. This calculation makes it a more complete and accurate look at student-athlete success.

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Student-Athlete Alumni Giving Challenge:
In 2017-18, the University of Denver is holding an alumni giving challenge in an effort to increase student-athlete alumni participation in the Denver Athletics Annual Fund. The sport program with the highest percentage of alumni participation will receive an additional $10,000 of support through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Former student-athletes can make a gift online, by calling 303-871-2388 during normal business hours or by sending a check to:
Athletics Development Office
Attn: Kaley Rickert
2201 E. Asbury Avenue 
Denver, CO 80208 

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