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Graduation Success Report Shows Upward Trend at Georgia Tech

Oct. 27, 2010

ATLANTA – The Graduation Success Report (GSR) released Wednesday by the NCAA reveals that Georgia Tech’s student-athlete graduation rates continue to rise.

Georgia Tech’s most recent Student-Athlete Graduation Success Rate is 75 percent. This four percent increase from last year’s GSR can be attributed to the most recent graduation class (students who enrolled in the 2003-04 academic year). This class had a record-high 82 percent graduation rate. This 2003-04 year rate is combined with the three previous years to compile the most recent GSR.

“Graduating our student-athletes is a top priority for all of us here. To see our overall scores trending upward is very encouraging,” Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich said. “Once again, it’s a tribute to our student-athletes, coaches and staff.

“At the same time, we will continue to strive to raise our numbers each and every year.”

Some of the good news for Georgia Tech included in the GSR:

• Three of 13 sports scored 100 percent GSR (4-year average) [Men’s Golf, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Swimming/Diving].

• Eleven of 13 sports improved or had no change to their GSR score compared to last year’s data.

• Georgia Tech’s GSR, as well as the single-year graduation rate, has shown steady improvement over the last four years.

2000 – 2003 Cohorts: Georgia Tech

Sport GSR 2010 Fed Rate
75% 59%
Baseball 83% 27%
Football 49% 42%
M Basketball 36% 33%
M CC/Track 90% 89%
M Golf 100% 88%
M Swimming 94% 67%
M Tennis 100% 86%
W Basketball 77% 69%
W CC/Track 88% 71%
W Softball 87% 85%
W Swimming 100% 90%
W Tennis 88% 43%
W Volleyball 92% 80%

Note: The GSR breaks down Georgia Tech’s 17 sports in 13 sports groupings (Swimming combined with Diving and Track combined with Cross Country).

Additional GSR Information:

Year 03-04 02-03 01-02 00-01
GSR (4 yr. Avg.) 75% 71% 70% 70%
Graduation Rate (1 yr avg.) 82% 70% 77% 69%

• Nine of Tech’s combined 13 GSR sports had a 100 percent graduation rate for this most recent graduation class, 2003-04 Cohort [single year rate] (Baseball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Track/Cross Country, Men’s Golf, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Women’s Swimming/Diving, Volleyball).

GSR definition/explanation: GSR measures graduation rates at Division I institutions and includes students transferring into the institutions. The GSR also allows institutions to exclude student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained.

GSR is often compared to the Federal Graduation Rate. The Federal Rate does NOT factor transfers IN or transfers OUT who leave eligible. Essentially, the Federal Rate treats all transfers out as graduation failures.

Freshman-Cohort Grad Rates All Students Student-Athletes #
2003 Graduation Rate 79% 65%
Four-Class Average 78% 59%
Student-Athlete Grad Success Rate 75%

The period of time for inclusion for both graduation metrics is six years from initial full time enrollment.

– GSR Cohort (four-year average) = Averages 4 consecutive incoming classes on their graduation success. – Each student has six years from their start date to complete their degree. – 2003[-04] Cohort consists of GT students who started full time in the follow years: (1) 2000-01, (2) 2001-02, (3) 2002-03, (4)2003-04

GSR is just one part of the NCAA’s Academic reform. This three-part system consists of new standards, both initial eligibility and progress toward degree; new metrics, the APR and the GSR; and new consequences through APR penalties. These three taken together are the essential pieces of academic reform.

Note: Media with questions for the NCAA concerning GSR should contact:

Erik Christianson
Director of Public and Media Relations

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