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Utes release graduation rates for student-athletes

10 November, 2017, 01:53 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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Samford University's athletics teams posted impressive scores in the annual Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report, recently released by the NCAA.

The NCAA developed the Division I Graduation Success Rate in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflect the mobility among all college students today.

The NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR), a four-year composite statistic for the freshman classes of 2007-08 through 2010-11, was 85 percent.

The four-year average graduation rate for Towson student-athletes exceeds the overall Division I Football Championship Subdivision average.

Auburn Athletics' federal graduation rate was 69 percent, matching last year's program best.

Men's golf, men's tennis, women's golf, women's tennis and volleyball all posted ideal scores of 100. The WCC average is 90 percent and the NCAA average is 85. This year's change was marked by a 3 percent increase from last year for African-American athletes, to 77 percent from 74 percent. Among BIG EAST schools, only Villanova and Creighton achieved a flawless 100 percent score in men's basketball. "The fact that they are leaving as graduates from this world class university is the strongest testament to the hard work of our student-athletes, administrators and coaches who make academics the utmost priority".

In men's basketball, the Hokies' GSR was 80 percent, a number that ranked tied for eighth in the ACC and was two percentage points above the FBS national average. Under the GSR calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing.

Nine teams - baseball, football, men's lacrosse, women's basketball, field hockey, women's golf, gymnastics, women's lacrosse and volleyball - equaled or improved their GSR from the previous year.

The success of Wildcats student-athletes across-the-board stands out even more under closer examination of the latest GSR data. Football's GSR is 9 percentage points above the national average for Football Bowl Subdivision programs.

Utah State's football program has a GSR of 89 percent to lead the Mountain West and is also first among the other football programs in the state of Utah, ahead of Utah (83), Southern Utah (67), Weber State (66) and BYU (52).

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