In yet another record-setting academic achievement, University of Arkansas student-athletes have set a new standard for graduation success rate, according to a report released on Wednesday by the NCAA. Baylor has finished either first or second in the federal graduation rate report 11 times in the league's 22-year history, produced the league's top mark in 2015, 2012, 2004, 2001, 2000, 1998 and 1996, and has graduated at least 60 percent of its student-athletes 18 times.
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. "By producing market-ready graduates at a record pace, we will continue to differentiate ourselves by the success of our former student-athletes five and 10 years after graduation and beyond". It differs from the federal graduation rate in several ways, most notably by not penalizing schools that have transfers who depart in good academic standing and by counting transfers who enroll into a school in good academic standing.
At 88 percent, Georgia Tech's GSR surpasses the Division I average of 87 percent, which is also an all-time record.
According to LSU's press release, the GSR score was at 69 percent when athletic director Joe Alleva took over in 2008.
"This is another strong showing from Ohio State's student-athletes", John Davidson, Ohio State Faculty Athletic Representative and Professor in Germanic Languages and Literatures, said.
Arkansas baseball had a GSR score of 65, which is nine points lower than last year's score of 74. This year's six Tech teams in that category (again, four-year average) included men's golf, men's tennis, women's tennis, women's soccer, women's swimming and diving and volleyball. GSR rates that were equal to or higher than the national average for each sport were also made by the same eight programs. Division I scholarship athletes in many ways ought to graduate at higher rates than their peers, given that their financial needs are largely met. The FGR measures only those students who complete a degree from their initial school and counts all transfer students as academic failures.
"The consistency of these data across years is a tribute to the dedicated hard work of our student-athletes, but also to the coaches and administrators who understand the academic demands of our institution", Davidson said.