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Islander Student-Athlete Graduation Success Rates Stay Strong

November 13, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Student-athletes at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi aren’t just succeeding on the field and court. NCAA statistics released on November 4 show the graduation success rate (GSR) of Island University student-athletes is 77 percent, which is above the general study body’s graduation rate.

“The success and graduation of our student-athletes is one of the integral pieces of doing things the Islander Way,” said Scott Lazenby, Director of Athletics. “We’ve once again proven to be one of the top programs at this level in the ratings. There is still room for improvement, but overall I’m quite pleased with this year’s report.”

This marks the fourth straight year that Islander athletes have achieved a 77 percent rate or better and the ninth consecutive year of 75 percent or higher. Islander athletes also had the second highest overall GSR among schools in the Southland Conference.

Brianna Brink, who played four years of volleyball while receiving a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from A&M-Corpus Christi, is now a sand volleyball Islander athlete studying clinical psychology at the master’s level. She commits 20 hours a week to practicing her sport, plus additional time is spent watching film or receiving treatment for injuries or injury prevention work.

“It’s quite a task to balance good grades and succeeding in the sport you play,” said Brink. “To succeed in both, you have to have the internal motivation for it. I never wanted to have regrets in either aspect, so I work hard to be the best I can be in both areas.”

Throughout her first four years on campus, Brink maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.4 and was also on the Dean’s list. Last year, she was named female athlete of the year and an All-American, the first one in the history of the A&M-CC’s volleyball program. Brink is on track to graduate in May 2017.