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Southern Conference excels in annual GSR data
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 11/08/2017
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Courtesy: Southern Conference

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference placed among the top half of Division I in the NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) scores released Wednesday. Six of nine SoCon men’s sports beat or tied the national average, while five of eight women’s sports did so.

All 10 Southern Conference member schools had at least one men’s program with a perfect GSR score of 100 for the 2007-10 cohorts, while nine of the 10 schools did on the women’s side. Twenty men’s programs accomplished the feat, up four from last year, while 33 women’s programs did so, also up four.

Men’s golf posted the highest GSR among the league’s mens programs with a 97, as seven of the eight programs boasted perfect scores of 100. Seven of the SoCon’s nine baseball programs exceeded the Division I average, as did seven of the league’s 10 basketball squads.

Volleyball posted the highest GSR among the conference’s women’s program with a collective 97. Six of the nine volleyball-playing schools turned in 100s. Seven of the eight women’s basketball teams beat the Division I average.

In all, nine of the SoCon’s 10 member schools had at least two programs achieve perfect scores, with Samford and Wofford leading the way with 10 programs each. Both schools had four men’s teams and six women’s teams earn 100s.

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 16th 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 2010.

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