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Release: April 20, 1999

75 percent of UI student-athletes earn degree in six years or less, according to report

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Some 75 percent of student-athletes who entered the University of Iowa in the fall of 1992 earned a UI degree in six years or less, according to the UI's 1999 NCAA Graduation-Rates Disclosure Form. The 1999 graduation rate is the highest achieved since the UI began tracking graduation rates of its student athletes beginning 10 years ago.

The NCAA figures include only student-athletes who received athletic grant-in-aid during their freshman year. According to the most recent report, 64 UI students who were freshmen in 1992 received athletics aid. Of that group, 48 earned a degree in six years or less.

The graduation rate of student athletes in the 1992 entering class was 11.4 percentage points better than the members of the general student body from the same entering class (63.6 percent). It was also an improvement on the graduation rate achieved by student athletes in the 1991 entering class (71.9 percent).

Here are some other highlights from the report:

* For the 1992 entering class, 84.6 percent of women student-athletes (22 of 26) earned a degree in six years or less. This rate is also the highest since the UI began tracking graduation rates of student athletes. For women in the general student population in the 1992 entering class, the graduation rate was 65.7 percent.

* For men in the 1992 entering class, the graduation rate was 68.4 percent for student-athletes (26 of 38) and 61.1 percent for the general student population. The graduation rate for male athletes in the 1992 entering class was slightly lower than the 1991 entering class, which was 69.7.

* Students in the general population of the 1992 entering class took slightly less time, on average, to earn their degree than student-athletes. The average time to degree for the general population was 4.50 years; for student-athletes it was 4.77 years.

* The graduation rate for male African-American student-athletes from the 1992 entering class was 72.7 percent (8 of 11). There were no African-American women athletes who entered the UI in 1992 and received grant-in-aid. Among African-Americans in the general UI student body for the 1992 entering class, the six-year graduation rate was 37.5 percent for women and 44.4 percent for men.

* 69.2 percent of the football players (9 of 13) who entered the UI in 1992 earned a degree in six years or less.

* Because of the small number of basketball players given athletic aid in a given year -- from one to seven -- the graduation rates fluctuate widely from year to year. In the last five years, 66.7 percent of the women (12 of 18) and 44.4 percent of men (8 of 18) earned degrees in six years or less.

* Graduation rates are highest among student-athletes who compete for their four full years of eligibility. Among those who entered the UI in 1992 and competed in sports for four years, the graduation rate was 93.2 percent.

Graduation Rates for University of Iowa Students and Student-Athletes                            

Percent earning degree within 6 years
Entering class All Athletes All Students
1983 59.7 58.5
1984 65.0 61.2
1985 64.0 60.4
1986 62.5 59.1
1987 66.7 62.2
1988 71.8 61.1
1989 65.5 61.0
1990 67.7 62.7
1991 71.9 61.9
1992 75.0 63.6

Entering class Women athletes All women students
1983 53.3 59.0

1984

66.7 62.7

1985

71.0 61.9

1986

70.0 62.2

1987

74.3 64.1

1988

71.4 62.1

1989

65.7 64.4
1990 77.1 64.0
1991 75.0 62.7
1992 84.6 65.7

Entering class Men athletes All men students
1983 63.8 58.0
1984 64.2 59.5
1985 59.1 58.6
1986 58.0 55.6
1987 61.5 60.1
1988 72.1 59.8
1989 65.4 57.4
1990 62.1 61.2
1991 69.7 61.0
1992 68.4 61.1