Alabama Athletics Continues Strong Showing in NCAA Graduation Success Rate
A total of six University of Alabama athletics programs, including the men’s basketball team, led the Southeastern Conference in Graduation Success Rate (GSR) figures released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Wednesday.
Alabama's overall GSR was 89 this year, ranking fourth among SEC schools. The average GSR for all of NCAA Division I student-athletes is 88.
Alabama's score continues to far exceed the standards for completion of undergraduate studies nationally per the NCAA. This year's GSR spans the period covering student-athletes who attended the University during 2008-11.
The men's basketball team remained at a perfect 100 while the Alabama football team remained at 84, which ranks fourth in the SEC, marking the 10th year in a row that the Tide football squad has ranked in the top four in the SEC by GSR.
"We continue to post strong numbers in terms of our NCAA Graduation Success Rate," UA Director of Athletics Greg Byrne said. “And that’s a testament to the ongoing efforts of our student-athletes, our faculty, coaches and athletics department and the emphasis that we place on academics at The University of Alabama.”
In addition to men's basketball, Alabama also led the SEC with perfect GSR scores of 100 in men's golf, women's golf, gymnastics, women's swimming & diving and women’s tennis. Alabama was fourth among SEC schools in number of teams scoring a perfect 100.
Overall, 10 Alabama programs recorded a GSR score of 90 or better. In addition to the sports that had perfect scores of 100, four others posted scores of 90 or better - softball (95), men's swimming & diving (95), soccer (93) and baseball (90).
The GSR measures graduation rates at Division I institutions and includes those transferring into the institutions. The GSR also allows institutions 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 NCAA's GSR and the Academic Success Rate (ASR) were developed in response to a mandate by college and university presidents for graduation data that more accurately reflects the mobility among today's college students. Both rates improve on the federally mandated graduation rate by including students omitted from the federal calculation.