ATLANTA – For the fourth 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 Tuesday.
In the most recent cohort released for 2015, GSU teams combined for an 88 percent graduation rate within the allotted six-year period. The national average GSR for student-athletes is 86 percent for that period, meaning Georgia State is two points above the national average. GSU’s score of 88 percent is program’s all-time high and has now risen or been equaled for six consecutive reporting periods.
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 eight teams that individually scored above a 90, while another two programs scored above an 80.
A total of three Panther squads recorded perfect scores of 100. Among the perfect teams were men’s golf, women’s tennis and women’s track.
Baseball, men’s soccer, 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 2005-06 through 2008-09. 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.