Sports UpdateWinter 2012

Fall sports success

Good news for UIndy in latest NCAA Academic Success Rate

New Academic Success Rates for student athletes have been released, revealing that UIndy’s student athletes complete college at slightly above the national average rate—74% versus the national rate of 72%. The Greyhounds’ ASR is 24 points higher than the overall student body graduation rate for freshmen who entered school in 2004–05. The Greyhounds also had 12 sports that had a higher ASR than the national average in that sport. Those sports included men’s basketball (62% vs. 60%), men’s cross country/track and field (75-72), football (65-54), men’s golf (84-74), men’s soccer (72-71), men’s swimming and diving (95-76), men’s tennis (86-79), women’s basketball (81-79), women’s golf (91-84), women’s soccer (87-84), softball (87-82), and volleyball (94-82). Women’s cross country/track and field (84%) and women’s swimming and diving (86) were also well over 80% ASR.

“I’m proud of our student-athletes for the success they’ve had in the classroom that is reflected in our latest Academic Success Rate,” UIndy Director of Athletics Sue Willey ’76 said. “One of the tenets of Division II’s Life in the Balance is learning, and I’m pleased that our student-athletes are taking advantage of the education the University of Indianapolis has to offer. The latest data continue to show that participation in Division II intercollegiate athletics leads to higher academic success and improves a student’s chances of making it to graduation. I’m excited that UIndy continues to be a model program both inside and outside the classroom.”

This is the sixth year the NCAA has released the Division ASR, which it developed at the request of college and university presidents who believed the federal graduation rate was flawed. Division II’s ASR data is similar to the Division I Graduation Success Rate in that it takes transfer students into account. However, given the partial-scholarship financial aid model of Division II, ASR also includes student-athletes not on athletically related financial aid. The result is that ASR captures more than 36,000 non-scholarship student-athletes.

Even when utilizing the less-inclusive federal rate, Division II student-athletes perform significantly better than the general student body. The federal rate for Division II student-athletes in the 2004 entering class dropped one percent to 55 percent while the general student body increased to 49 percent, a difference of six percent. UIndy had a federal graduation rate of 57 percent for the 2004 entering class and has a four-class average (2001–04) of 63 percent.

Shannon inducted into IATA Hall of Fame

The Indiana Athletic Trainers Association has inducted University of Indianapolis Head Athletic Trainer Ned Shannon as a 2011 inductee to the IATA Hall of Fame. Shannon has been at UIndy since 1993, providing medical care and overseeing coverage for 21 NCAA sports and acting as a supervisor and educator in the student athletic training program. The 2009 IATA College/University Athletic Trainer of the Year, he served as president of the IATA and as the Indiana representative of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association from 2004 to 2006.

He has served as a volunteer athletic trainer for the 2005 and ’06 U.S.A. Outdoor Track and Field Championships, 2001 World Fire and Police Games; 1998 U.S. Olympic Committee athletic trainer for the Goodwill Games in New York City; volunteer athletic trainer at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs; and a staff athletic trainer at the Games of the XXVI Olympiad in Atlanta.

“I really appreciate all of the support over the years, from everyone involved with athletic training directly to the coaches, administrators, support staff, and the student-athletes,” Shannon said. “I’d also like to thank our medical support from Methodist Sports Medicine Center. They have been a pleasure to work with and are a big  component of what we do.”

—Matt Holmes, Sports Information director

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