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Football: Firing on All Cylinders

A member of the Class of 2011 writes in:

You recently posted regarding the football program’s increased on-field prowess of late. I would also like to point out that Coach Teevens has in no way sacrificed the program’s traditional strength of academic excellence to do so.

Of players I personally was teammates with during my four years in Hanover, I can, off the top of my head, count four MDs (three of whom are orthopedic surgery residents; the fourth is at a Harvard residency program) plus at least five med students (at places like Columbia and Vanderbilt), about ten JD’s or law students (including Harvard), a Ph.D. in chemistry from UT-Austin), a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Computer Sciences graduate student and numerous MBAs (including at Harvard and Wharton).

In my opinion Coach Teevens deserves just as much, if not more, credit for this off-the-field record then he does the recent Ivy Co-championship. He and his staff recruit quality young men and encourage them to put football in proper perspective.

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My correspondent’s note highlights the particular successes of certain athletes, but Dartmouth teams overall enjoy outstanding academic results, too. The College led Division I institutions for a fourth straight year in Graduation Success Rate (GSR) with a 99 percent score for student-athletes who arrived in Hanover in 2008.

The NCAA also rates teams by another data set: the Academic Progress Rate (APR), which measures academic performance and retention. The College’s press release describes our results:

Each athletic program receives an APR score, with teams falling under a certain threshold subject to penalties such as loss of scholarships and postseason bans. The top 10 percent in each sport receive APR Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA.

Last May, Dartmouth had more programs honored than any other school in Division I for a fourth-consecutive year with 26 teams recognized. All of Dartmouth’s programs easily met the NCAA minimum standard as well.

No other school in Division I has been at the top of the GSR and APR in the same year even once.

Needless to say, football was among the College’s academically successful teams.


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