CONTACT: RICK KLATT
Associate Athletic Director
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Dec. 21, 2001
University of Iowa ranks high in bowl team academic summary
CITY, Iowa -- A review of the graduation rates for student-athletes representing
the 50 college football programs participating in post-season bowl games in
2001-02 places the University of Iowa among the top five and the highest rated
According to the most recent graduation data compiled by the National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA) and first available in September 2001, Iowa's
graduation rate of 78 percent for student-athletes in the sport of football
entering the University of Iowa as members of the class of 1994-95 ranks behind
only Stanford (93 percent), Syracuse (91 percent), Boston College (85 percent)
and Southern California (82 percent) among this year's bowl game participants.
The same five schools top the list when a comparison is done using a four-year
graduation rate average* : Stanford (83 percent) heads the list and is followed
by Boston College (78 percent), Syracuse (72 percent), Southern California
(65 percent) and Iowa (64 percent).
Stanford, Boston College, Southern California and Syracuse are private institutions.
Iowa is a public institution.
"We take great pride in the academic achievements of our student-athletes
just as we admire their athletic achievements," said UI Athletic Director
"The athletics program at the University of Iowa has long embraced
the idea that academic pursuits do not have to suffer in order to be successful
in athletic competition. We are proud of what our football team has accomplished
on the field and off and we look forward to a bright future."
Iowa is also one of only 16 football programs whose graduation rate for
its football student-athletes matched or exceeded the graduation rate for
the respective institution's entire student body. The UI's graduation rate
for its football program was 15 points greater than the UI's "All-Student"
percentage of 63.
Some 30 of the 50 schools with football teams participating in 2001-02 bowl
games had graduation rates of 50 percent or better among its football student-athletes.
The national graduate rate average for Division I-A football student-athletes
was 52 percent.
The NCAA notes in its report that the data collected are "conservative
representations of the graduation rate" and includes "only student-athletes
who enroll as freshmen, receive athletics-related financial aid and graduate
from that institution within six years of initial enrollment. Student-athletes
who transfer in good academic standing to another institution count against
their original institution as not graduating and are not counted in the 'freshman
cohort' rate for their second institution."
"We are very proud of the academic achievements of our student-athletes.
They have embraced our theme of 'Today's Hawkeyes are Tomorrow's Leaders'
and view their academic pursuits as important as their participation in intercollegiate
athletes," said Fred Mims, the UI's associate athletic director for student
services and compliance.
Iowa recently had 43 student-athletes named to academic all-Big Ten teams.
That list included 14 members of the Hawkeye football team currently preparing
to play Texas Tech in the 2001 SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29 in San Antonio.
At the very top of the list was first-team all-Big Ten defensive end Aaron
Kampman. The senior from Kesley, Iowa was the only football student-athlete
from the Big Ten named first-team Verizon Academic All-America. Kampman was
joined by teammate Andy Lightfoot, a junior offensive lineman from Des Plaines,
Ill., and 12 other student-athletes from Big Ten schools on the Verizon Academic
Kampman was also the recipient of the 2001 Forest Evashevski Academic Achievement
Award presented annually at the Iowa football team's end-of-season banquet
to the student-athlete who displays a high degree of proficiency in the classroom
and on the playing field. The award is named in honor of Iowa's legendary
head coach and athletic director.
For more information contact Fred Mims, associate athletic director, at
(319) 335-9598 or Rick Klatt, associate athletic director, at (319) 335-9431.
*--The four-year average includes graduation rates for the 1994-95, 1993-94,
1992-93 and 1991-92 classes.
NCAA graduation rate comparison