Tiger student-athletes earn high graduation rate from NCAA report

TU ranked second among Maryland's seven Division I schools, well above national average

TOWSON, Md. (Nov. 19, 2009)—TU student-athletes continue to graduate at an impressive rate, according to a graduation rate report released by the NCAA. The NCAA released the federal graduation rates for all institutions, as well as the Graduation Success Rate (GSR), an NCAA formula that accounts for transfers in and out of each program.

The federal numbers revealed that student-athletes who entered Towson in the 2002–03 academic year graduated at a rate of 78 percent, 14 percent higher than the national average for NCAA Division I student-athletes. The graduation rate is also 12 percent higher than the general student body at Towson University.

The GSR of Towson University student-athletes is the highest among Division I public institutions in the state of Maryland. Among the 12 institutions in the Colonial Athletic Association, Towson ranked second.

“Towson has an outstanding history of academic achievement within the intercollegiate athletic program,” says Towson University Director of Athletics Mike Hermann. “This report verifies a very positive trend of academic success within our athletic program.”

Two of the Tigers’ 20 intercollegiate athletic teams—field hockey and women’s tennis— had a perfect 100 percent GSR. Four other teams had a GSR above 90 percent: the women’s soccer team, the gymnastics team, the women’s lacrosse team and the volleyball team.

The Graduation Success Rate was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate.The GSR also accounts for mid-year enrollees and is calculated for every sport.

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 by which to compare student-athletes to the general student body.

There are almost 100,000 student-athletes included in the most recent four classes using the GSR methodology, as compared to just over 72,000 counted in the federal rate.

This year marks the seventh year that GSR data have been collected. The NCAA began collecting GSR data with the entering freshman class of 1995.

Read the full story on the Towson Tigers Web site.





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