Southern Conference Earns High GSR Marks
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 10/26/2011
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Courtesy: Southern Conference

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Southern Conference institutions earned high marks in the NCAA Graduation Success Rate scores released Tuesday.  League teams combined for a GSR of 86 percent, the fifth-highest conference total in Division I and the fourth best among FCS conferences.  The team scores released include data from the 2001-04 cohorts, which allowed student-athletes six years to graduate. 

The Southern Conference had the second-highest women's basketball GSR in the nation with an overall score of 98 percent.  The league's men's basketball teams earned a GSR of 80 percent which was the fourth-best mark in Division I. 

Over 30 percent (48 of 155) of league teams earned a perfect score of 100.  A total of 29 women's programs earned a 100-percent graduation rate, while 19 men's programs posted a perfect score. 

Seven of the league's nine football programs topped the FCS national average.  Nine of the league's men's basketball programs topped the Division I average of 66 percent, while 10 SoCon women's basketball programs eclipsed the national average. 

Developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative, the GSR is used to assess the academic success of student-athletes.  The GSR measures graduation rates at Division I institutions and includes students transferring into the institutions.  The GSR also allows schools to subtract student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained.

Southern Conference GSR Rankings:

Sport                                              GSR                                         Division I Rank                         

All Sports                                       86                                             5th

Men's Basketball                             80                                             4th

Women's Basketball                        98                                             2nd

Football                                          64                                             13th

Baseball                                         78                                             10th

The Graduation Success Rate was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately measure the success of Division I student-athletes. 

  • The GSR takes into account the many different academic paths followed by today's college students.
  • Unlike the federal graduation rate, the GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.
  • By counting incoming transfer students and midyear enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by approximately 37 percent.
  • Under the GSR calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. These outgoing transfers are essentially passed to the receiving institution's GSR cohort.
  • The NCAA also calculates the federal graduation rate for student-athletes, because it is the only rate to compare student-athletes to the general student body.
  • The most recent Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering freshmen classes in Division I from 2001-2002 through 2004-05.
  • There are nearly 105,000 student-athletes included in the most recent four classes using the GSR methodology, as compared to more than 76,000 in the federal rate.
  • This year marks the 10th year of GSR data that have been collected. The NCAA began collecting GSR data with the entering freshman class of 1995. The latest entering class for which data are available is 2004.
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