Western Kentucky Athletics Posts Highest Graduation Rate In 13 Years

Sept. 27, 2002

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Western Kentucky University Department of Athletics graduation rate rose to 57 percent in the NCAA's recently released 2002 report.

It's the highest rate on the Hill since 1983-84, when 62 percent of scholarship student-athletes graduated, while the numbers are two percent ahead of all NCAA Division I public institutions. And, 59 percent of student-athletes that transfer to the Hill, as well as 77 percent of those who exhaust their eligibility, have gone on to graduate from WKU.

The most recent percentages are based on freshmen who enrolled during the 1995-96 academic year and graduated within six years.

"The advising staff continues to work with student-athletes in their academic endeavors," said Dixie Mahurin, WKU Academic Advisor. "In an effort to see our percentages rise even further, we have added two evening study hall sessions per week for the 2002-03 school year."

Of the eight sports the NCAA classifies for the report, Western had a 50 percent or higher rate in six, with no statistics available in men's cross country/track. The Hilltopper baseball team graduated 80 percent of its players, while the Lady Topper basketball team was at 75 percent. Men's basketball, football, women's cross country/track and the grouping of other women's sports also had more than half their participants graduate in the designated time frame.

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