CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — America East student-athletes continue to graduate at a higher rate than the national average, according to Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data that was released by the NCAA Thursday afternoon.
America East ranks within the top third of Division I conferences in one-year GSR (student-athletes who began school in 2006) as 83 percent received degrees within six years of enrollment. That rate is one point higher than the national average of 82 percent. Additionally, America East’s overall GSR, measuring graduation rates for student-athletes entering school over a four-year period (2003-06), ranks ninth nationally with an 83-percent rate, which is two points higher than the national average of 81 percent.
In men’s basketball, America East’s four-year GSR for student athletes entering school from 2003-06 is six points above the national average while the league’s women’s basketball GSR is 88, four points higher than the national average.
“We continue to be proud of and impressed by the accomplishments of our student-athletes,” said America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. “Our primary objective is to help provide our student-athletes with a complete collegiate experience and it’s rewarding to see so many of their collegiate careers culminate with graduation.”
The GSR was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately measure the academic success of Division I student-athletes by better accounting for the many different academic paths followed by today’s college students.
“We’re achieving great success through the Academic Performance Program, and our student-athletes, coaches and administrators are working together. They understand the program, and there are more student-athletes graduating,” said University of Hartford President Walter Harrison, chair of the Committee on Academic Performance.
Under the GSR calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. These outgoing transfers are essentially passed to the receiving institution’s GSR cohort. The NCAA also calculates the federal graduation rate for student-athletes, because it is the only rate to compare student-athletes to the general student body.
The most recent Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering freshmen classes in Division I from 2002-03 through 2005-06. This year marks the 11 year of GSR data that have been collected. The NCAA began collecting GSR data with the entering freshman class of 1995.
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