Commodores Recognized For
2002 Graduation Success; Top 10 Finish Comes One Year After
Leading Nation 7/24/02
Vanderbilt football team was recognized along with eight other
squads for its success in graduating student-athletes, according
to a recent survey conducted by the American Football Coaches
Vanderbilt was recognized for
graduating more than 90% of its student-athletes over a five-year
period concluding with the 2001-02 school year, according
to the AFCA Association.
In 2001, Vanderbilt shared the
AFCA’s prestigious Academic Achievement Award with Notre Dame,
graduating 100% of its football student-athletes. It was the
second time Vanderbilt earned the award. This year, top honors
went to Northwestern University with a 100% graduation rate.
The national average for graduation rates among the 80 universities
surveyed was 60%.
“It is an indication of our student-athletes’
total commitment to the college experience. Success in the
classroom is critically important to the goal of producing
great citizens when they leave Vanderbilt,” Commodore Football
Head Coach Bobby Johnson said. “It shows a commitment to education
not only from our student-athletes, but also the former coaching
staff and entire athletic department.”
Other notable universities joining
Vanderbilt and Northwestern with academic excellence were
Boston College, Duke, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Penn State, Rice
and Western Michigan.
The survey focused on scholarship
athletes who enrolled as freshmen or transfers during the
1996-97 academic year and included data collected from 80
Division 1 programs.