Towson reports high marks for graduation rates

October 24, 2013 | WNST Staff


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