ATLANTA – For the fifth consecutive year, Georgia State athletic teams led the way among all Sun Belt Conference schools in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR), as announced by the NCAA on Wednesday.
In the most recent cohort released for 2016, GSU teams combined for an 88 percent graduation rate within the allotted six-year period. All of Georgia State’s athletic programs received a Graduation Success Rate higher than that of the Federal Rate. GSU’s score of 88 percent ties the program’s all-time high and has now risen or been equaled for seven consecutive reporting periods.
The Graduation Rates Report provides information about two groups of students at the college or university identified at the top of the form: (1) all undergraduate students who were enrolled in a full-time program of studies working towards earning a baccalaureate degree; and (2) student-athletes who received athletics aid from the college or university for any period of time during their initial year.
Of note, the baseball, women’s basketball, women’s golf and softball programs all saw an increase in their GSR year over year. Also, the 2007-2010 Student-Athlete Graduation Rate is 11% higher than the general student body.
GSR and Federal Graduation Rate (please click on links below):
Georgia State is one of seven Sun Belt schools above the 80 percent mark. Georgia State had nine teams that individually scored above a 90.
A total of three Panther squads recorded perfect scores of 100. Among the perfect teams were women’s golf, women’s tennis, and women’s cross country/track & field.
Baseball, men’s soccer, men’s golf, softball, women’s soccer and court volleyball each also scored above a 90 in the latest period.
The NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate is based on the four entering freshman classes in Division I from 2006-07 through 2009-10. Rates are based on the number of student-athletes who graduate and those who transferred from Georgia State prior to graduating, but who would have been academically eligible to compete.
The Division I Board of Directors created the GSR in response to Division I college and university presidents who wanted data that more accurately reflected the mobility of college students than the federal graduation rate. The federal rate counts any student who leaves a school as an academic failure, no matter whether he or she enrolls at another school. Also, the federal rate does not recognize students who enter school as transfer students.
The GSR formula removes from the rate student‐athletes who leave school while academically eligible and includes student‐athletes who transfer to a school after initially enrolling elsewhere. This calculation makes it a more complete and accurate look at student‐athlete success.