Student Athletes Shine in NCAA Graduation Success Rates

Seven of SMU’s 15 athletics teams rated a perfect 100 percent in Graduation Success Rates (GSR) according to data released by the NCAA.

Programs that scored 100 percent were men’s and women’s tennis, volleyball, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, cross country and track. The Mustangs’ men’s basketball team (second) and football team (third) also scored high marks among Conference USA schools. All 15 of SMU’s programs were equal to or better than the NCAA’s national average.

While SMU sponsors 17 sports, the NCAA issues a GSR for 15 of its programs, combining track and cross country and not rating SMU’s equestrian program.

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The GSR is a different measure from the graduation rate previously used by the NCAA. The GSR is an NCAA measurement that improves on the federally mandated graduation rate by including transfer data in the calculation. It was developed in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflect the mobility among students in today’s higher education environment. It does not count against an institution whose student-athletes enroll and then leave while eligible, but it does give credit for those who transfer into the institution and ultimately earn a degree.

The data is from the four-class aggregate of entering classes from 2000 through 2003, for which the NCAA has compiled sport-by-sport GSR and the comparable graduation rate using the federally mandated methodology.

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