Nov. 15, 2016
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech athletics’ NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) has reached an all-time high of 87 percent, according to the latest data released by the NCAA on Tuesday.
Georgia Tech’s 87-percent GSR is its highest since the NCAA began using the metric in 2005 and marks the fourth-straight year that Tech’s GSR has increased.
At 87 percent, Georgia Tech’s GSR also surpasses the Division I average of 84 percent.
Individually, 10 of Georgia Tech’s 13 sports* have GSRs higher than the national average for their respective sports and five programs – men’s cross country/track and field, women’s cross country/track and field, golf, women’s tennis and volleyball – own perfect 100-percent GSRs.
“We are proud of the efforts of our student-athletes, coaches and student services staff in lifting Georgia Tech’s Graduation Success Rate to an all-time-high,” interim director of athletics Paul Griffin said. “One of the ultimate goals for our student-athletes is to earn a degree that will set them on a path for success in life. This data shows that we continue to make great progress in achieving that goal.”
GSR measures the success of an athletics department in graduating its student-athletes within a six-year period. Unlike Federal Graduation Rate, which assesses only first-time, full-time freshmen, GSR also includes transfer students and mid-year enrollees in the sample. Student-athletes who leave an institution while in good academic standing before exhausting athletics eligibility are removed from the cohort of their initial institution (essentially passed to another squad’s GSR cohort if they transfer and removed altogether in the case of early departures for professional careers). The GSR provides a more complete and accurate look at actual student-athlete success by taking into account the full variety of participants in Division I athletics and tracking their academic outcomes.
The latest GSR cohort includes student-athletes that enrolled at Georgia Tech from 2006-09.
* cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field are compiled as one sport for Graduation Success Rate purposes