Marquette Student-Athletes Recognized In Latest NCAA GSR Release

MU fans have plenty to cheer about in the classroom as well.

Oct. 26, 2012


Marquette University student-athletes continue to be recognized for their efforts in the classroom according to the latest Graduation Success Rate, which was released by the NCAA this week.

Four programs (men’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s basketball and women’s soccer) feature 100 percent graduation rates during the 2002-05 cohort and a total of 10 teams either match or surpass the federal graduation rate for all students.

As a group, 91 percent of MU student-athletes graduated during the latest four-year evaluation period, well above the 78 percent mark of the University’s student body as a whole.

Men’s and women’s lacrosse, which are competing in their respective first seasons in 2012-13, were not included in the most recent release.

The NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing, unlike the federal graduation rate, which does not count transfers. The GSR and federal rate calculations measure graduation over six years from first-time college enrollment. Presidents and chancellors in all three NCAA divisions called for the Association to develop a measure of graduation success that better reflects transfer patterns in higher education.

The federal graduation rate, while less inclusive than the GSR, provides the only measure of historic academic comparison between student-athletes and the general student body. By this standard, student-athletes consistently outperform nearly all their peers in the student body.

The latest data show that Division I student-athletes who entered college in 2005 equaled their highest federal graduation rate of 65 percent – 2 percentage points higher than the general student body at Division I institutions




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