Southern Conference excels in annual GSR data
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 11/14/2018
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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 12 of 16 sports including football and men’s and women’s basketball.

Fifty SoCon programs achieved perfect scores of 100 for the 2008-11 cohorts, with 29 women’s programs and 21 men’s teams doing so. Wofford led the conference with 10 programs achieving the feat, while Samford had nine. All 10 member schools had at least one program record a perfect score.

Three men’s basketball teams ¬– The Citadel, Mercer and Samford – achieved 100s, as did the women’s basketball programs from UNCG, Samford and Wofford.

Women’s volleyball and men’s tennis led all SoCon sports with an average GSR or 97. Both sports had six programs achieve perfect scores.

All told, nine sports met or exceeded their previous year’s scores.

Samford and Wofford exceeded the FCS average in all sports.

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 17th 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 2011.

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