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Towson reports high marks for graduation rates

Posted on 24 October 2013 by WNST Staff

TIGER STUDENT-ATHLETES EARN HIGH MARKS FOR GRADUATION RATES

Four Sports Earn Perfect GSRs

TOWSON, Md. - According to the Division I Graduation Rates Report released by the NCAA today, Towson University student-athletes are graduating at a higher rate than the national average.

Tiger student-athletes earned an 85 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR). GSR is a four-class measure of freshmen and transfer student-athletes who began full-time enrollment between fall 2003 and spring 2007.  Towson’s mark exceeds the overall NCAA Division I rate of 81 percent.

In addition, the Tiger gymnastics team, women’s soccer team, women’s golf team and the women’s tennis team all scored a perfect GSR.  The gymnastics team, women’s golf team and women’s tennis team also had perfect Federal Graduation Rates (FGR).

According to the NCAA report, 14 of the Tigers’ 19 intercollegiate sports had a GSR of at least 80 percent. All 13 of Towson’s women’s sports had a GSR of at least 80 percent while the Tiger football, men’s lacrosse and men’s swimming and diving teams also topped the 80 percent mark.

Student-athletes at Towson continue to graduate at a rate much higher than the general student population. According to the report, 66 percent of all students that entered Towson University in 2006 graduated while 76 percent of all student-athletes graduated.

The NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate includes transfer student-athletes, unlike the federal graduation rate, which does not count transfers. The GSR and federal rate calculations measure graduation over six years from first-time college enrollment.

The federal graduation rate, while less inclusive than the GSR, provides the only measure of historic academic comparison between student-athletes and the general student body. By this standard, student-athletes consistently outperform nearly all their peers in the student body.

Federal rates also provide a longer look at student-athlete academic achievement. They were first collected with the 1984 entering class, and in that time there has been significant upward trending.

Among current members of the Colonial Athletic Association, Towson tied for third with its 85 percent GSR.

Drexel (94) was first and was followed by William & Mary (92). Towson and Northeastern tied for third, just ahead of Hofstra (84). UNC Wilmington and James Madison (82) tied for sixth place.

Towson University’s current four-year sport-by-sport graduation rates:

Team GSR Federal  Rate
Baseball 79 81
Men’s Basketball 56 67
Football 85 77
Men’s Golf 57 43
Men’s Lacrosse 82 70
Men’s Swimming & Diving 91 83
Women’s Basketball 90 78
Cross Country/Track 84 76
Field Hockey 85 63
Women’s Golf 100 100
Gymnastics 100 100
Women’s Lacrosse 85 76
Women’s Soccer 100 94
Softball 95 78
Women’s Swimming & Diving 84 73
Women’s Tennis 100 100
Volleyball 90 67

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Maryland football, men’s basketball post all-time high graduation rates

Posted on 24 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland Posts All-Time High GSR Score

Men’s basketball and football also set program-best marks

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  The University of Maryland posted an all-time high institutional Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 86 percent in figures released today by the National Collegiate Athletics Association. It marks the fourth time in the nine-year history of the metric that Maryland has been above 80 percent and the fourth straight year the campus set a school record. Maryland’s previous-best GSR of 83 percent came in 2012.

Maryland’s four-year Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) for student-athletes was 74 percent (higher than 68% posted last year), nine percent higher than the overall NCAA Division I average of 65 percent.

The Graduation Success Rate is a four-year measure of freshmen and transfer student-athletes who entered the University of Maryland between the fall of 2003 and the spring of 2007. It does not penalize the institution for those student-athletes who transfer from Maryland in good academic standing, as the FGR does. In addition, the GSR includes student-athletes who transfer into the institution and receive athletics aid, unlike the FGR.

Maryland’s men’s basketball and football programs showed firm improvement once again, posting program-best GSR marks of 82 and 73 percent, respectively, since the metric began in 2005.  Men’s basketball boasted an impressive 32 percent jump from its 50 percent GSR mark in 2012.  Football’s score exhibited significant progress from a 65 percent mark in 2012.

Overall, Maryland’s GSR rate of 86 percent is five percent better than the NCAA average of 81 percent.

“The progress we continue to show with both GSR and FGR rates is indicative of the dedication to our vision of providing student-athletes with an excellent experience academically and athletically,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “As we strive to be the best intercollegiate athletics department in the nation, it is vital we continue to cultivate an environment where academics are of boundless importance.”

“Our student-athletes continue to work hard in the classroom and it shows,” said Chris Uchacz, associate A.D. for academic services and career development. “Supporting our student-athletes is a total departmental team effort as our number one priority is to serve our WHY while graduating student-athletes.”

In this most recent data, 16 teams at Maryland earned GSRs at or above 80 percent. Women’s cross country and track, field hockey, and gymnastics had perfect 100 percent GSR scores. Women’s cross country and track (100 percent), field hockey (100), women’s golf (90) gymnastics (100),  women’s soccer (94), softball (94), and volleyball (91) all matched or improved their GSR score from the previous year.  In addition, women’s basketball 92 GSR score was seven percent higher than the NCAA average.

Overall, the men’s golf team achieved a 100 percent GSR, marking the highest-scoring men’s team at Maryland. In addition to men’s basketball, football and golf, other men’s programs to secure improved GSR scores include wrestling (86) and soccer (83).

The GSR and FGR are separate from the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rates, which will be released in spring 2014.

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Maryland reports Graduation Success Rate improvement

Posted on 26 October 2012 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – The University of Maryland posted an all-time high institutional Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 83 percent in figures released today by the National Collegiate Athletics Association. It marks the third time in the eight-year history of the metric that Maryland has been above 80 percent and the third straight year the campus set a school record. Maryland’s previous-best GSR of 82 percent came in 2011.

Maryland’s four-year Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) for student-athletes was 68 percent, three percent higher than the overall NCAA Division I average of 65 percent.

The most recent Division I Graduation Success Rates are based on Maryland student-athletes who comprised the four entering classes from 2002-2003 through 2005-2006. Unlike the FGR, the Graduation Success Rate does not penalize the institution for those student-athletes who transfer from Maryland in good academic standing; includes student-athletes who transfer into the institution and receive athletics aid; and also accounts for midyear enrollees.

Overall, Maryland’s GSR rate of 83 percent is three percent better than the overall NCAA Division I average of 80 percent. It marks the fourth consecutive year that Maryland has increased its overall GSR rate.

“We are committed in having our student-athletes receive an outstanding education, while earning their diplomas at the University of Maryland,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “Our vision is to be the best intercollegiate athletics program while producing graduates who are prepared to serve as leaders in the local, state and global communities.”

“I am excited about what our student-athletes have accomplished in the classroom,” said Chris Uchacz, associate A.D. for academic services and career development. “The Academic Support and Career Development team will continue to work diligently to provide every opportunity for our student-athletes to experience a high level of academic success.”

In this most recent data, 19 teams at Maryland earned GSR scores at or above 80 percent. Field hockey had a 100 percent GSR score, while women’s lacrosse (96 percent), women’s soccer (94) and women’s basketball (93) all matched or improved their GSR score from the previous year. In addition, women’s basketball’s 93 GSR score was nine percent higher than the overall NCAA Division I average for their sport.

Overall, the men’s golf team achieved a 90 percent GSR, marking the highest-scoring men’s team at Maryland. Football earned a 65 percent GSR score, marking an improvement from a 59 percent GSR score in 2011. This also marks the football programs highest GSR score since 2008. Men’s basketball had a 50 percent GSR this year, which is up from 46 percent in 2011.

The GSR and FGR are separate from the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rates, which will be released in Spring 2013.

 

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