NCAA graduations rates reach all-time high
According to the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate data, 79 percent of freshmen student-athletes who entered college in 2002 earned their four-year degrees, matching last year’s rate. The average GSR for the last four graduating classes is 79 percent, one percentage point higher than last year.
DI Men’s basketball rates rise
The most recent Graduation Success Rate study shows that Division I men’s basketball student-athletes continue to graduate at steadily higher rates while the overall rate for Division I student-athletes remains stable.
DII rates continue impressive pace
Division II’s latest Academic Success Rate results show that graduation rates for Division II student-athletes continue to significantly exceed those of the general student body.
Walter Harrison, chair of the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance:
“Athletics directors and presidents are routinely discussing academics—more so than ever before. At the ground level of academic reform on our campuses, there has been monumental change.”
The NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and the Academic Success Rate (ASR) were developed in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflect the mobility among college students today. Both rates improve on the federally mandated graduation rate by including students who were omitted from the federal calculation.
The GSR measures graduation rates at Division I institutions and includes students transferring into the institutions. The GSR also allows institutions to subtract student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained.
The ASR measures graduation rates at Division II institutions and is very similar to the GSR. The difference is that the ASR also includes those freshmen who were recruited to the institution but did not receive athletics financial aid.