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WWU Student-Athletes succeed on field and in classroom

The latest NCAA report on graduation rates shows Western Washington University student-athletes maintaining their consistent standards and once again graduating at rates well above the national average for NCAA Division II.

Data released by the NCAA shows that based on both the federally mandated graduation rate and the NCAA Academic Success Rate, WWU student-athletes who entered as part of the 2007-08 freshman class graduated at a rate 10 percent better than the national average for Division II.

The 2014 findings show 65 percent of Viking student-athletes received their degrees in six years or less based on the Federal Graduation Rate formula. That was higher than both the national average for NCAA II schools (55 percent), and the average of the nine U.S. schools in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (56 percent).

Using the NCAA Academic Success Rate, which includes all freshman student-athletes from the fall of 2007 and also accounts for student-athletes who transfer into or out of the institution, WWU posted an 86 percent success rate, 15 percentage points better than the NCAA II national number of 71 percent. The average ASR of the nine GNAC schools was 72 percent.