Record-Breaking Performance: Student-Athlete Graduation Success Rate Tops 80 Percent

10 November, 2017, 00:56 | Author: Laura Christensen
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Ninety percent of Utah's student-athletes graduated within six years, according to the NCAA's 2016-17 Graduation Success Rate (GSR) released on Wednesday. The GSR provides a more complete and accurate look at actual student-athlete success by taking into account the full variety of participants in Division I athletics and tracking their academic outcomes. The NCAA began gathering GSR data with the freshman class of 1995 and its latest release represents freshmen who enrolled in 2010.

Rutgers earned an overall GSR of 85, one point lower than the four-year GSR average for all member schools, and a FGR of 70 percent, two points higher than the national average.

"Our student-athletes strive for excellence in competition and in the classroom, and we are proud of their successes, achievements and accolades", athletics director Doug Knuth said. Arkansas' previous GSR score was 78 past year and the latest score is 33 percent higher than the 60 it received in the NCAA's first report in 2005.

This is the 13th year that the NCAA has calculated data for the GSR and the Wolf Pack's rate has risen nine times in that span.


Here are the annual scores for United Kingdom student-athletes breaking or tying the school record each year of the 13-year history of the GSR. Graduation is on the rise with an average of 100 student-athletes each year earning their degree.

Furthermore, women's cross country/track programs ranked first in the Mountain West, while golf, soccer and men's tennis programs all tied for first in the conference. More specifically, 14 Ohio State programs are equal to or ahead of the national GSR for their sports.

The GSR was developed to more accurately assess the academic performance of student-athletes. "For us to once again be at the top of the USM institutions shows the dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and academic support staff". Student-athletes who leave an institution while in good academic standing before exhausting athletics eligibility are removed from the cohort of their initial institution (essentially passed to another squad's GSR cohort if they transfer and removed altogether in the case of early departures for professional careers).

In addition to the five teams that garnered ideal GSR scores, eight programs posted scores of 90 percent or better including women's cross country and track & field (91 percent), women's ice hockey (93 percent), women's lacrosse (96 percent), women's soccer (92 percent), softball (94 percent), women's swimming (95 percent), baseball (95 percent), and men's ice hockey (90 percent).

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