Clemson continues to excel in NCAA Graduation Success rate

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Five University of CT athletics teams posted ideal Graduation Success Rates (GSR) and a total of 13 Husky squads performed at 90 percent or higher, as announced by the NCAA on Wednesday, November 8.

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. This year's rate is based on the average of student-athletes who enrolled in 2007, 2008, 2009 and the most recent data of 2010 and also graduated within six years following their enrollment. The University of Arkansas has steadily improved its GSR rate since the measurement was implemented 13 years ago rising from an initial rate of 60 percent to 80 percent in the numbers released on Wednesday.

Unlike the Federal Graduation Rate (FGR), the Graduation Success Rate holds institutions accountable for transfer student-athletes, includes mid-year enrollees, and is calculated for every sport.

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Texas Tech had nine programs either improve or maintain their GSR score from the previous year, led by men's golf, men's tennis, women's basketball, women's tennis and volleyball who were all at 100 percent. Tech has posted an all-time best GSR each year since 2013. "We are proud of this noteworthy achievement".

"Our student-athletes continually strive to set the standard on the playing fields, in the classroom and in Bancroft Hall", Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said in a statement. Six teams have a 100 percent GSR: men's fencing, rifle, pistol, men's volleyball, women's tennis and women's volleyball.

Individually, 10 of Georgia Tech's 13 sports* have GSRs higher than the national average for their respective sports. The rate is limited because it ignores the large number of transfer students in higher education, but it is still the only rate that allows a direct comparison between student-athletes and the general student body. Under the calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing students who leave in good academic standing. The Marsha Sharp Center for Student-Athletes provides space for private study, computer labs, supplemental instruction classrooms and a private conferencing area for tutoring and mentoring appointments. The commitment and dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and academic support staff combined with these focused initiatives has resulted in a remarkable increase in our GSR, including this year's record of 80 percent.

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