The NCAA publicly announced the Graduation Success Rate of all Division I institutions today, with George Washington student-athletes achieving a Graduation Success Rate of 94, seven percent higher than the NCAA Division I average of 87, and exceeding last year's reported mark of 93.
Starting from the freshman class of 1995, the NCAA gathered GSR data, which started as a part of the NCAA's academic-reform initiative to measure success of Division I student athletes, according to the release. The rates are a four-year rolling average, so athletes who began in 2007 through 2010 are included in the current numbers.
Texas Tech concluded the 2016-17 year with an 82 percent Graduation Success Rate among student-athletes, topping its previous high mark from a year before by a percentage point.
University of Kentucky student-athletes broke one school record for graduation rate and tied another in the annual report issued Wednesday by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
"Our student-athletes strive for excellence in competition and in the classroom, and we are proud of their successes, achievements and accolades", athletics director Doug Knuth said.
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Four of Baylor's sport programs earned a ideal GSR score of 100, including men's golf, women's golf, soccer and women's tennis.
"This is another strong showing from Ohio State's student-athletes", John Davidson, Ohio State Faculty Athletic Representative and Professor in Germanic Languages and Literatures, said. Zags' women's cross country, track and field and women's golf reached 100 percent for the 13th straight year, women's tennis (12), men's cross country and track and field (10), men's tennis (nine), men's soccer (eight), women's soccer (seven) and men's golf (six).
The GSR takes into account the many different academic paths followed by today's college students. "We challenged each other, we poured resources into the program and we put great people in place to lead, mentor and educate our student-athletes who have since worked hard to make this happen".
Eleven Terps teams had a GSR above 80 percent, with field hockey, women's golf, gymnastics and volleyball along with women's basketball posting flawless scores. Overall, Nevada has seen more than 800 of its student-athletes graduate in the past dozen years. Incoming transfer students, from junior college or four-year schools, who graduate at United Kingdom are not counted as graduates.