BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — Division I varsity women’s water polo student-athletes graduated at a rate of 93.6% for the Class of 2018 per data released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the organization’s Graduation Success Rate report.
The 11th highest average among 17 women’s sports behind skiing (100%), ice hockey (99.0%), lacrosse (96.5%), gymnastics (96.1%), swimming (95.8%), crew (95.6%), tennis (95.5%), field hockey (95.6%), golf (94.9%) and volleyball (94.0%), women’s water polo tops basketball (90.7%), bowling (86.4%), cross country/track (90.7%), fencing (91.8%) and softball (91.0%). Further, women’s water polo student-athletes are graduating at a rate 0.4% higher than the all-time high 93.2% national average for a women’s competitors in the NCAA.
The sport’s average is a decrease from the Class of 2017 when women’s water polo athletes graduated at a rate of 96.3% – the highest for the sport since a 100% average for the Class of 2002.
Women’s water polo has consistently posted exceeded the 80% plateau since 2002 as the sport has garnered averages of 100 (2002), 80.8 (2003), 88.7 (2004), 81.7 (2005), 89.6 (2006), 81.0 (2007), 91.0 (2009), 91.4 (2010), 91.6 (2011), 88.6 (2012), 96.4 (2013), 91.5 (2014), 91.1 (2015), 90.4 (2016) and 96.3 (2017) prior to this year’s 93.6 tally.
Leading the way for the sport since the inception of the Graduation Success Rate analysis has been the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA).
In the latest numbers for individual Division I programs dating back to 2010 cohort year, the East Coast conferences of the CWPA and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) have been far-and-away the dominant conferences of academic scholars.
A total of 15 programs recorded perfect 100% success rates with Bucknell University, George Washington University, Harvard University, the University of Michigan and Princeton University of the CWPA joining Iona College, St. Francis College Brooklyn, Siena College, Villanova University and Wagner College of the MAAC as East Coast institutions accounted for 10 the perfect scores. Arizona State University and Stanford University of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), the University of Hawaii of the Big West Conference along with Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University of the Golden Coast Conference comprise the other five schools that record 100 scores.
Among CWPA institutions for the Class of 2018, Brown University (93) and Indiana (92) also broke the 90% mark, while Hartwick College did not submit a score as the school self-identified as a Division III institution for the report. The Collegiate Water Polo Association posted an average GSR of 97.857. The mark is the second highest among conferences with Division I institutions as the MAAC (98.16%) edges out their East Coast neighbors to top honors with the MPSF (93.5%), the Golden Coast (93.25%) and the Big West (91%) trailing behind.
Due to Indiana’s decision to join the MPSF, the scores can be reconfigured for the change as the CWPA then surpasses the MAAC (98.3%) with the MPSF falling to a 93.285% graduation rate.
About the Graduation Success Rate:
The Division I Board of Directors created the GSR in response to Division I college and university presidents who wanted data that more accurately reflected the mobility of college students than the federal graduation rate. The federal rate counts any student who leaves a school as an academic failure, no matter whether he or she enrolls at another school. Also, the federal rate does not recognize students who enter school as transfer students.
The GSR formula removes from the rate student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible and includes student-athletes who transfer to a school after initially enrolling elsewhere. This calculation makes it a more complete and accurate look at student-athlete success.
The rate also allows for a deeper understanding of graduation success in individual sports than the federal metric, which provides only broad groupings.
Graduation Success Rate (Women’s Water Polo – Class of 2011 Cohort Year)
|2011||Arizona State University||Mountain Pacific Sports Federation||100||77|
|2011||Brown University||Collegiate Water Polo Association||93|
|2011||Bucknell University||Collegiate Water Polo Association||100||100|
|2011||Long Beach State University||Big West Conference||94||81|
|2011||California State University, Northridge||Big West Conference||86||70|
|2011||University of California, Santa Barbara||Big West Conference||80||71|
|2011||University of California, Berkeley||Mountain Pacific Sports Federation||85||79|
|2011||University of California, Davis||Big West Conference||94||94|
|2011||University of California, Irvine||Big West Conference||92||67|
|2011||University of California, Los Angeles||Mountain Pacific Sports Federation||94||94|
|2011||George Washington University||Collegiate Water Polo Association||100||100|
|2011||Hartwick College||Collegiate Water Polo Association||83|
|2011||Harvard University||Collegiate Water Polo Association||100|
|2011||University of Hawaii, Manoa||Big West Conference||100||75|
|2011||Indiana University, Bloomington||Collegiate Water Polo Association||92||73|
|2011||Iona College||Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference||100||88|
|2011||Loyola Marymount University||Golden Coast Conference||100||75|
|2011||Marist College||Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference||89||70|
|2011||University of Michigan||Collegiate Water Polo Association||100||100|
|2011||University of the Pacific||Golden Coast Conference||80||54|
|2011||Princeton University||Collegiate Water Polo Association||100|
|2011||St. Francis College Brooklyn||Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference||100||75|
|2011||San Diego State University||Golden Coast Conference||93||77|
|2011||San Jose State University||Mountain Pacific Sports Federation||89||80|
|2011||Santa Clara University||Golden Coast Conference||100||100|
|2011||Siena College||Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference||100||80|
|2011||University of Southern California||Mountain Pacific Sports Federation||93||85|
|2011||Stanford University||Mountain Pacific Sports Federation||100||100|
|2011||Villanova University||Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference||100|
|2011||Wagner College||Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference||100||82|