Maryland reports Graduation Success Rate improvement

October 26, 2012 | 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.