November 2014

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4 One of Our Very Bests of 2014-15 is Already in the Books T he month of November started with a bang for the Iowa Hawkeyes: A big win in the annual "ANF Game" at Kinnick Stadium, back-to-back wins over Big Ten Conference opponents on the road by our volleyball team, an All-Big Ten performance by Kevin Lewis at the 2014 Big Ten Conference Men's Cross Country Championship staged on the UI's Ashton Cross Country Course, and a nice public debut by Fran McCaffery's men's basketball team. However, as good as that gets, that's not to say October didn't end strong. Below is a copy of what we distributed to media Oct. 28. It's worth reading because, when we close the book on 2014-15 in the spring, this achievement will rank at the top of the list: IOWA CITY, Iowa — Student-athletes at the University of Iowa established new records for graduation rate success, according to an annual report of the NCAA released earlier today. Student-athletes that entered the University of Iowa in the fall of 2007 graduated at a rate of 78 percent according to the NCAA's report on the academic work done by student-athletes across the country. at mark — which used the federal government benchmark for graduation success — is a record for the UI and also means UI student-athletes have graduated at a rate of 70 percent or better in five of the last six years. According to the NCAA, the federal graduation rate for all student-athletes nationwide who enrolled in the fall of 2007 was 66 percent. e federal graduation rate for all students who enrolled in the UI in the fall of 2007 was 70 percent. e UI also set a record by posting a score of 89 percent in the NCAA's "Graduation Success Rate," or "GSR." at mark was one point better than last year's record-setting mark of 88 percent. According to the NCAA, the GSR for all NCAA Division I institutions was 82 percent. Seven UI teams scored a perfect 100 on their GSR: Men's basketball, field hockey, men's golf, women's golf, men's tennis, women's tennis, and volleyball. All counted, the GSR for 18 of Iowa's 24 teams was better than the national average among its peer sport group. e NCAA introduced the GSR in 2005 to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. Unlike the federal graduation rate, the GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students. e GSR also accounts for mid-year enrollees and is calculated for every sport. "e data shared today by the NCAA is further evidence of the commitment our student-athletes, coaches, and staff make to the academic piece of our mission. I am most proud of our student-athletes for tackling their THE FIRST PAGE…

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