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Cards' Academic Success Continues To Rise

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Cardinal Bird

Oct. 3, 2007

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Success in academics for the University of Louisville student-athletes continues to rise, reflected in recent national graduation rates released by the NCAA.

Over the last five years, graduation rates for U of L student-athletes have risen 11 percent, improving from 48% for the freshman class which entered U of L in 1996-97 to a 59% graduation rate in the most recent 2000-01 figures. U of L student-athletes graduate at an 18 percent higher rate than the overall university student population.

U of L student-athletes achieved a record 72 percent graduation rate in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) Report, which was developed three years ago to account for transfers into the university who graduate and those who leave in good academic standing. Five sports -- men's and women's tennis, women's golf, field hockey and volleyball -- attained a 100 percent GSR.

"I'm proud of the progress we have been making," said Tom Jurich, U of L Vice-President for Athletics. "Our coaches are committed to recruiting the top student-athletes and we have the mechanisms in place plus the passion among our support staff to help our student-athletes attain their academic goals. We are certainly not satisfied, but we are pleased with our upward trend."

In men's basketball, the Cardinals had a 60 percent graduation rate in the most recent NCAA report. In a more current view, nine of the Cardinals' 11 men's basketball seniors over the last three years have earned their degrees. Senior center David Padgett attained his undergraduate degree in the spring and is attending graduate classes this year.

Three members of the current Cardinal football team -- Danny Barlowe, Harry Douglas and Todd Flannery -- have each already earned their bachelor's degrees. Fourteen of the Cardinals' 17 seniors last season graduated from U of L.

U of L will recognize its 292 members of the 2007 spring semester Athletic Director's Honor Roll -- those who achieved a 3.0 or better grade point average -- at halftime of Friday's game against Utah, a figure which represents about half of the Cards' student-athletes. A perfect 4.0 grade point average was achieved by 38 Cardinal student-athletes.