20 Mar Are Your Athletic Graduation Rates on Track?
Many higher education professionals have heard of the phrase “Student Right to Know” (SRTK). However, did you know (pun intended) – about an important SRTK component: Athletic Graduation Rates? Read that again – note the word Athletic. Some institutions gloss over this really important word, and post only their first-time, full-time graduation rates.
Athletic graduation rates refers to the completion rates of students who receive athletic scholarships. In fact, the federal government is very prescriptive on this requirement. For those of you who enjoy reading federal regulations, you can read it here or in a more digestible guide regarding required disclosure produced by NPEC – see page A-25.
SRTK Athletic Graduation Rate Report Requirements
In short, by July 1 each year, a report of the following items must be made available to prospective students:
- the number of students, by race and gender, who attended the institution in the prior year;
- the number of students who attended in the prior year and who received athletically related aid, categorized by race and gender within each sport (basketball, football, baseball, cross-country and track combined, and all other sports combined);
- the completion or graduation rate, and if applicable, the transfer-out rate, of the certificate- or degree-seeking first-time, full-time undergraduates, categorized by race and gender for the most recently completing class
- the completion or graduation rate, and if applicable, the transfer-out rate, of the certificate- or degree-seeking first-time, full-time undergraduates who received athletically related student aid, categorized by race and gender within sport. (These data need not be disclosed for a category in which the number of students is five or fewer.)
- average completion or graduation rate, and, if applicable, transfer-out rate, of the four most recently completing or graduating classes, by race and gender; and
- average completion or graduation rate, and, if applicable, transfer-out rate, of the four most recently completing or graduating classes for students who received athletically related student aid, categorized by race and gender within each sport.” (NPEC, p. A-25)
And that’s the short version! There are more details and requirements outlined in the federal regulations.
Get on Track with your SRTK Athletic Graduation Rate Report
While there isn’t a required format by the federal government, this is the one that we use at IEHE. The SRTK Athletic Graduation Rate Report is a required disclosure. So, in order to avoid fines, it is important to post a report on your institution’s website that satisfies federal regulations.
We know you are a proactive leader. You’ve read this far because you want to get it right! Luckily, IEHE keeps up on this federal regulation so that you don’t have to. And that allows you to focus more of your team’s time on student success.
Visit our Student Right-to-Know Athletic Graduation Rate page to find out more about the annual reporting services we offer:
- learn how to access your institution’s current public SRTK Athletic Graduation Rate website,
- obtain a complimentary review of your institution’s current report, and
- get information on pricing and more.