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UT athletics boasting highest graduation success rate ever

(WBIR-KNOXVILLE) The University of Tennessee department of athletics is celebrating its highest graduation success rate ever.

The graduation success rate (GSR) for students who entered the university from 2005-06 through 2008-09 is at 80 percent-- a two percent increase over the previous class.

UT also had an 85 percent single-year GSR, good for the second-highest mark in school history behind only last year's 87 percent.

"These numbers reflect our commitment to academic excellence in all our sports," said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart. "We continue to see record levels of success and that's a credit to our student-athletes, coaches, and staff. We have made significant strides over the last four years in terms of graduation success rate among our athletes and we expect that number to continually improve in the future."

Four Tennessee teams posted a multi-year GSR of 100-- men's tennis, rowing, women's golf and volleyball, and 11 of 16 teams either increased or equaled their previous graduation success rates. The eleven teams that improved or equaled their rates are baseball (48% to 65%), men's basketball (70% to 73%), men's swimming (81% to 83%), men's tennis (83% to 100%), men's track & field (84% to 94%), women's golf (83% to 100%), soccer (80% to 89%), women's swimming (94% to 95%), women's tennis (stayed at 88%), women's volleyball (stayed at 100%) and rowing (stayed at 100%).

Nine Tennessee teams (men's golf, men's swimming, men's tennis, rowing, women's golf, soccer, women's swimming, women's tennis and volleyball) had perfect 100 percent single-year GSRs.

"I am so proud of the energy and passion our student-athletes have put into their academic experience," Senior Associate Athletics Director & Assistant Provost Dr. Joe Scogin said. "The growth in these numbers continue to display the quality of our young men and women. The holistic development of our student-athletes is one of our main priorities and I commend our coaches and staff for their commitment and emphasis on developing incredible individuals that will have success well beyond their days at UT."

A key focus for the University of Tennessee athletic programs is to graduate student-athletes and prepare them for real-world experiences. In 2001, the University of Tennessee opened the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center to provide student-athletes with superior academic support programs and personal and career development assistance.



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