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Marquette Receives High Marks In NCAA's Graduation Success Rate

Marquette student-athletes have a number of resources available academically.

Marquette student-athletes have a number of resources available academically.

Oct. 25, 2011

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Marquette University has received high marks across-the-board in the latest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) rankings, released by the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Tuesday afternoon.

More than eight out of every 10 Division I student-athletes are earning their college degrees within six years, the highest marks ever for graduation, according to the most recent NCAA figures.

The single-year GSR for student-athletes who began college in 2004 is 82 percent, a new high for the NCAA, three points higher than last year and eight points higher than when GSR collection began a decade ago.

Marquette surpassed the increased national average of 82 percent in each of the 14 sports evaluated in the most recent study. Men’s golf, men’s soccer, men’s tennis and women’s basketball all posted a perfect GSR of 100 percent and three other programs (women's soccer, men’s cross country/track and men’s basketball) were above 90 percent.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the success our student-athletes are having on and off the field of competition,” Acting Athletic Director Mike Broeker said. “It’s a testament to their motivation and the outstanding support staff and resources provided throughout their respective careers.

“Our top priority is a sincere commitment to broad based excellence across all facets of our student-athlete experience,” Broeker added.

The NCAA developed the Graduation Success Rate to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The rate holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.

Under the calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. The outgoing transfers are included in the receiving institution’s GSR cohort.

By counting incoming transfer students and midyear enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by 37 percent.

The most recent Division I Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering classes from 2001-2002 through 2004-05. Nearly 105,000 student-athletes are included in the most recent four classes using the GSR methodology, as compared to about 76,500 in the federal rate.

The NCAA began compiling these figures with the entering freshmen class of 1995.

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