Research

Summary of Division II Academic Success Rates

When the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) was developed for Division I, the membership in Divisions II and III began to wonder whether a similar methodology could apply to them, even though the characteristics of membership are different in...

Why the GSR is a Better Methodology

The methodology for calculating the federal rate comes from the Student Right-to-Know Act passed in November 1990. It is limited in who it tracks, but the Department of Education has held onto this methodology to this day.

Under this federal formula, student-athlete cohorts must consist only of first-time, full-time freshmen entering in a given fall term while receiving athletically related financial aid. Student-athletes not receiving such aid at entry and those who transfer into the institution are not included in the cohort. In addition, transfers out of any school are considered...

NCAA Graduation Rates: A Quarter-Century of Tracking Academic Success

It’s been almost 25 years since the NCAA first began collecting and publishing student-athlete graduation rates, and in all but two of them – the first two, actually – the data show student-athlete rates consistently surpass those of their student-body counterparts.

In January 1990, the NCAA membership passed legislation requiring schools to report rates disaggregated by race, gender and sport (specifically, football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and men’s and women’s track/cross country). The vote at the 1990 NCAA Convention preceded by about 10 months the U.S. Congress’...

Division II SCORE

The NCAA research staff periodically conducts studies that ask current and former student-athletes how their participation in intercollegiate athletics affected their educational experience and their lives after college. One, which focuses...

If I could change one thing about my student-athlete experience...

Recently we published a word cloud that displayed how a national sample of NCAA student-athletes described the best part of their college experience . The NCAA GOALS survey also included an opportunity for student-athletes to comment on...

The best part of my student-athlete experience is...

The 2010 NCAA GOALS survey gave student-athletes an open-ended opportunity to complete that sentence. This word cloud highlights the 75 most commonly used words 12,000 NCAA student-athletes included in their responses. The most frequently...

NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program

The NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program supports research and data-driven pilot projects designed to enhance student-athlete psychosocial well-being and mental health. Research topics may include, but are not limited to...

About the Survey

The 2013 substance use study is the eighth of its kind the NCAA has conducted since 1985. The initial National Study of Substance Use Habits of College Student-Athletes in 1985 and two subsequent replications were completed for the NCAA by...

NCAA Student-Athlete Substance Use Study: Executive Summary August 2014

Findings Excessive drinking is down significantly among student-athletes. Since 2005, the percentage of male student-athletes who reported drinking excessively (defined as 5 or more drinks in a typical sitting) dropped from 63% to 44%. For...

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