CONWAY, Ark. (UCA) - University of Central Arkansas student-athletes ranked first in the Southland Conference among football-playing institutions in graduation success rate, according to numbers released this week by the NCAA.
UCA's student-athletes had a combined graduation rate of 73 percent, beating out Northwestern State (72) and Lamar (70) for first among footballs schools in the SLC. Among all 14 schools, UCA was third behind Oral Roberts and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
"UCA has consistently been about strong academic programs,' said Dr. Brad Teague, UCA director of athletics. "The fact that our student-athletes excel in this tough academic environment is a tribute to the type of young men and women our coaches recruit to UCA. I am proud of all who have contributed to this success and we intend to improve from here.'
The GSR figures came from the class of student-athletes who entered college in 2006-07. The NCAA's GSR includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing, unlike the federal graduation rate, which does not count transfers. The GSC and federal rate calculations measure graduation over six years from first-time college enrollment.
UCA's highest number came from women's golf with a perfect score of 100, while three other programs had scores in the 90s _ volleyball at 94, women's soccer at 92 and women's tennis at 91.
Golf had the highest score on the men's side at 86.