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Graduation Success Rate for Student-Athletes Sets All-Time Mark

Graduation Success Rate for Student-Athletes Sets All-Time Mark

For the fifth-straight year, Georgia Tech athletics has posted its highest NCAA Graduation Success Rate ever, with its GSR coming in at 88 percent in the latest data that was released by the NCAA on Wednesday.

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

GSR measures the success of an athletics department in graduating its student-athletes within a six-year period.

GU student-athletes are graduating at 99 percent rate, tied for the highest percentage nationally with Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Loyola Chicago and Yale. The rate holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. Six of the Boilermakers' other 16 programs (the GSR combines cross country and track & field) were equal to or better than their counterparts nationwide: men's basketball (92 percent vs. 78 percent), men's cross country/track & field (83 percent vs. 81 percent), women's cross country/track & field (89 percent vs. 89 percent), football (81 percent vs. 75 percent), men's golf (92 percent vs. 87 percent), and men's tennis (91 percent vs. 90 percent).

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. "They make us proud as they earn meaningful degrees that will serve them well in life after Maryland".

The football team garnered a score of 80 percent, which was an improvement on last year's 76 percent mark.

"Our student-athletes continually strive to set the standard on the playing fields, in the classroom and in Bancroft Hall", Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said in a statement.

Though Towson didn't release its overall percentage, its athletes finished with the highest collective GSR since the metric was introduced.

Eleven teams (baseball, men's basketball, football, golf, men's skiing, men's tennis, women's basketball, cross country/track, gymnastics, women's tennis and volleyball) exceeded the overall Division I GSR for their sport.

The GSR takes into account the many different academic paths followed by today's college students. Under the GSR calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. "Our coaches and staff maintain a focus on academic achievement by our student-athletes and will continue to do so". The Marsha Sharp Center for Student-Athletes provides space for private study, computer labs, supplemental instruction classrooms and a private conferencing area for tutoring and mentoring appointments.