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Penn State athletic programs post strong graduation rates

Penn State posted impressive graduation rates in the latest study released by the NCAA, highlighted by seven teams recording a Graduation Success Rate of 100 percent, the athletic department announced in a press release Tuesday.

From 2006-07 to 2009-10, Penn State student-athletes had an 89 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR). The average GSR for Division I schools was 84 percent. The men’s basketball, field hockey, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, men’s soccer, softball and women’s tennis teams had perfect graduation rates.

“These outstanding graduation rates tell an important part of our story, and serve as concrete evidence of our commitment and focus on academics, as well as our our students’ preparation for life beyond Penn State,” athletic director Sandy Barbour said in the release. “These numbers show that our commitment to student-athletes over the years has been steadfast and our pursuit of comprehensive excellence is as strong as our commitment of Penn State’s values.”

It was the 12th straight year that the field hockey and women’s tennis programs had 100 percent GSR. Softball has recorded perfect scores five straight years, and men’s basketball has been perfect in four straight years.

The men’s basketball team’s perfect scores was well above the average of 76 percent in Division I. The Nittany Lions football team had a score of 80 percent, better than the national average of 74, and women’s basketball had a score of 92 percent compared to an average of 87 percent nationally.

Penn State had 22 teams record scores of at least 80 percent.