Nov. 4, 2015
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –
The University of Alabama football and men’s basketball programs led the Southeastern Conference in Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in figures released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on Wednesday.
Overall, Alabama athletics’ GSR moved up to 92 this year, second in the SEC behind Vanderbilt’s 93. The Crimson Tide’s score once again far exceeds the acceptable standards for completion of undergraduate studies nationally per the NCAA. The GSR spans the period covering student-athletes who attended the University during 2005-08.
The football team’s score of 86 marked a six-point jump from last year, while men’s basketball enjoyed a 13-point surge to a perfect 100.
“Our latest Graduation Success Rate scores are just another indication of our mission in action,” UA Director of Athletics Bill Battle said. “To have an overall score of 92 and to lead the Southeastern Conference in both football and men’s basketball, along with seven other sports, showcases the excellence that we strive for here at the University of Alabama.”
Alabama and Vanderbilt are the only two schools in the SEC with overall scores of 90 or above. The Tide was first or tied for first in nine different sports. In addition to men’s basketball, Alabama also led the SEC with perfect GSR scores of 100 in gymnastics. men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and men’s swimming and diving teams.
Overall, 14 Alabama programs recorded a GSR score of 90 or better and all 17 posted marks of 83 or above. The average GSR for student-athletes is 82 for all of NCAA Division I.
In addition to the sports that ranked No. 1 in the SEC, men’s track and field and soccer were second in the SEC with scores of 96 and 94, respectively.
“We are so proud of our student-athletes, faculty, coaches, staff and everyone who works so hard to keep us moving forward in this central and vital area of our mission,” Battle said.
The GSR measures graduation rates at Division I institutions and includes those transferring into the institutions. The GSR also allows institutions to subtract student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained.
The NCAA GSR and the Academic Success Rate (ASR) were developed in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflected the mobility among college students today. Both rates improve on the federally mandated graduation rate by including students who were omitted from the federal calculation.