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A-Sun Earns High Marks in NCAA GSR Report

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

MACON, Ga. - On Tuesday, the NCAA released its annual graduation success rate reports and the Atlantic Sun member institutions continued to build their long-standing academic tradition with each school and each sport reporting above national average reports.

Among the 13 programs the conference sponsors, the seven schools rated by the NCAA (FGCU, Kennesaw State, UNF and USC Upstate were not ranked in this report) combined to post 56 of 90 programs graduating at higher rates than the national GSR. The NCAA groups cross country, indoor and outdoor track together as one program

In four sports, men's basketball, softball, volleyball and men's tennis, six of the seven schools rated recorded graduation rates higher than the
national average. Belmont's six men's sports all beat their corresponding national average, the only school in the conference with all sports of one gender to top the national average. Across all sports, 11 of Campbell's 13 programs bettered the national rate

"We've made a commitment to a true balance between "student" and "athlete" in the Atlantic Sun, and the latest GSR figures give a tremendous confirmation of our success," Atlantic Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart said. "The performance of A-Sun student-athletes is superior, and we need to share the credit with our faculty, our coaches and our administrators who provide such outstanding support. Our membership is very proud to build on its tradition of academic achievement, a major part of the A-Sun effort in Building Winners for Life."

All seven schools featured at least three sports that recorded 100 percent graduation success rates led by Campbell who had eight sports with 100 percent graduation rates. Six of the seven Camels' women's sports earned 100 percent rates. Lipscomb followed Campbell with six sports earning 100 percent graduation rates. Women's tennis and volleyball each saw five of the seven schools record 100 percent graduation rates while on the men's side, tennis represented the sport with the most 100 percent rates with four.

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.