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Southern Conference excels in annual GSR data
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 10/16/2019
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Courtesy: Southern Conference

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference exceled in the NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) scores released Wednesday, matching or exceeding the FCS average in seven men’s sports including baseball, basketball and football, and four women’s sports.

Forty-nine SoCon programs earned perfect scores of 100 for the 2009-12 cohorts, with 31 women’s programs and 18 men’s teams achieving that standard. Nine league schools had at least one program earn a perfect score, with Furman leading the way with 10 programs doing so. The Paladins’ seven women’s programs with 100 scores also led the league, while Samford, which was second with nine total programs with perfect scores, paced the SoCon with four men’s programs achieving the mark. Wofford, which had eight programs achieve perfect scores, saw all six of its women’s programs in the cohorts earn 100s.

Samford was the lone SoCon school to exceed the FCS average in every sport it sponsors.

Eight of the nine SoCon volleyball programs posted perfect scores, while six of the league’s eight men’s tennis teams turned in 100s.

Seven of the nine SoCon baseball programs, seven of 10 men’s basketball programs and seven of the eight football teams included in the cohorts exceeded the FCS average. Eight of the 10 men’s and women’s cross country programs exceeded the 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.

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.
• This year marks the 18th 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 2012.

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