INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Federal Graduation Rates (FGR) were published recently, and once again Georgia College Athletics is at the top of the list for the University System of Georgia (USG). The Bobcats have led the USG for three-straight years, and four of the last five.
“I am so proud of our Bobcat student-athletes,” said Dr. Ken Farr, the Georgia College Faculty Athletics Representative. “This is a great testament to them, the coaches, and athletic administration to keep the focus on education and working toward the ultimate goal of graduating. This is a great accomplishment to achieve at our great university.”
This year’s rate of 74 percent puts Georgia College just ahead of Georgia Tech at the top of the NCAA-affiliated members of the USG. It also puts the Bobcats second among the 14 Peach Belt Conference (PBC) schools, as the University of Montevallo had 75 percent. Additionally, the Bobcats posted a 3.22 Grade Point Average last year, while seven teams participated in NCAA post-season play. Once again, the student-athlete FGR out-paced the general student body at Georgia College as well.
“I am so proud of our student-athletes, the coaches that recruit and retain these outstanding students, and the incredible faculty and staff we have at Georgia College,” said Director of Athletics Wendell Staton. “There are many factors that go into this success, but ultimately it comes down to highly-motivated students who are eager to achieve
Using an average of the last five years, Georgia College Athletics has a 75 percent FGR, best among the NCAA schools in the USG. The 2014-15 Federal Graduation Rate factors in all of those from the freshman class entering in 2008-09.
“The high graduation rate indicates that, as an institution, we do a great job on admitting the right students that show a propensity for success at Georgia College,” continued Staton. “Our student-athletes are identical to the student body."
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