UMES RECOGNIZED FOR MEAC'S HIGHEST GRADUATION SUCCESS RATE FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT YEAR
May 23, 2014
ATLANTA - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has been recognized by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for having the league's highest graduation success rate (GSR) for the fifth consecutive year. UMES earned an 89% Graduation Success Rate for student-athletes that competed from 2003 to 2006.
"It is a great honor to win this award for the fifth straight athletic season," says UMES athletic director Keith Davidson. "It shows how successful our athletic program has truly been. The graduation success our student-athletes have had shows the quality of people we are recruiting and that the university is doing its part in preparing student-athletes for life after college."
"I am also excited to commend the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for achieving the Highest Graduation Success rate in the MEAC for the fifth straight year," stated MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas. "I applaud UMES, Dr. Juliette B. Bell and Director of Athletics Keith Davidson for making a commitment to its student-athletes' academic success and their ultimate collegiate goal of obtaining a college degree."
UMES earned the highest GSR among MEAC members from 1999-2002, with a 77% GPR, and 2000-2003, with an 84% GSR. In 2001-2004 they had a 90% GSR and last year, in the 2002-2005 cohort, they posted an 89% rate.
The GSR measures graduation rates at Division I institutions as well as those transferring into those schools, according to the NCAA. The rate was created to reflect mobility of college students in graduation data.
In addition to the recognition, UMES was presented a check for $25,000 from the MEAC for the achievement.
At the reception where UMES was recognized, the conference also announced the All-Sports Award winners. Hampton University won its 13th-straight Mary McLeod Bethune-Cookman Women's All-Sports Award while Bethune-Cookman University won its first Talmadge Layman Hill Men's Award.