Louisiana Tech University's student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom.  On Tuesday, the NCAA released the most recent Federal Graduation Rate Report and Louisiana Tech recorded its highest student-athlete Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and its highest four-year graduation rate ever.


Louisiana Tech University's student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom.  On Tuesday, the NCAA released the most recent Federal Graduation Rate Report and Louisiana Tech recorded its highest student-athlete Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and its highest four-year graduation rate ever.

The University's student-athletes recorded a four-year graduation rate of 60 percent which ranks No. 1 in the state of Louisiana among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) public institutions and second among Western Athletic Conference schools.

Tech also recorded a GSR of 70 percent - three percentage points higher than its previous all-time best - ranking among the best in the nation.

"It is a true indication of the quality of our faculty and the commitment and priorities of our administration, coaches and staff," said Tech Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde. "We are very proud of our student-athletes."

The GSR and federal rate calculations measure graduation in a six-year time frame from initial college enrollment. Student-athletes who entered college in 1998 were the first two be tracked using the GSR.  Thus, the most recent numbers released are based off of student-athletes who entered Louisiana Tech in 2003.

The success of Louisiana Tech's student-athletes in the classroom was across the board as 13 of the 16 Division I sanctioned athletic programs recorded at least a 70 percent GSR led by soccer, tennis and bowling with GSR's of 100 percent.

The Bulldog football program recorded a 70 percent GSR which is not only its all-time highest, but it ranks it first among all football playing schools in the state of Louisiana and second behind only Utah State (71) in the Western Athletic Conference.

Tech football tied for 36th in the country among Football Bowl Subdivision programs and tied for 11th among non-BSC and non-US Armed Forces programs.

Seven of Tech's programs recorded their highest GSR ever, including football, men's basketball, baseball, men's track, women's soccer, women's tennis and bowling. The Lady Techster tennis team recorded its fifth straight GSR of 100 percent while the soccer team recorded its second straight year with the perfect score.

Tech's student-athletes boast a cumulative 2.83 grade point average with six of Louisiana Tech's athletics programs recording a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher during the 2009-10 school year. A total of 94 student-athletes earned Academic All-Western Athletic Conference honors last year, including a number of individual success stories.

Track star Antoinette Cobb won the Honda Inspiration Award while baseball's Clint Ewing became only the 14th Louisiana Tech student-athlete to ever earn Academic All-American honors.

Additionally, this past June, Louisiana Tech saw continued improvements in its Academic Progress Rates (APR) released by the NCAA as eight of its 16 NCAA sanctioned programs record their highest multi-year APR rate ever and even of the programs recorded their highest single year APR score ever. Four of the programs also earned a perfect 1,000 score on the single year rate.

The APR which is different from graduation rate provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each quarter by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete.

The APR includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation and provides a picture of the academic culture of each sport.