Oct. 25, 2012
THE FLATS - The Graduation Success Report released today by the NCAA reveals that Georgia Tech's student-athlete Graduation Success Rate (GSR) holds steady at 76 percent. In comparison, the Institute's overall Graduation Rate for the same time period is 79 percent.
The 2005-06 student-athlete freshmen class is combined with the three previous years to compile Georgia Tech's most recent overall Student-Athlete Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 76%. This is 1% off last year's rate and is Georgia Tech's second-highest recorded score since GSR's introduction in 2005.
"We are pleased with our overall graduation success rate and continue to provide resources to improve," said athletic director Dan Radakovich. "In the last few years we have seen some of our highest Academic Progress Rates (APR) - measurements of retention and eligibility for our student-athletes each semester. We will see these APR numbers positively impact our GSR in the very near future. Our student-athletes, coaches, and academic staff are doing a great job of keeping on track for graduation."
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GSR definition/explanation: GSR measures graduation rates at Division I institutions and includes students transferring into the institutions. The GSR also allows institutions to exclude student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained.
GSR is often compared to the Federal Graduation Rate. The federal rate does NOT factor transfers IN or transfers OUT who leave eligible. Essentially the federal rate treats all transfers out as graduation failures. The NCAA believes the GSR is a more accurate and useful measurement of graduation success.
The period of time for inclusion for both graduation metrics is six years from initial full-time enrollment.
- GSR Cohort (4-year average) = Averages four consecutive incoming classes on their graduation success.
- Each student has six years from their start date to complete their degree. - 2005[-06] Cohort consists of GT students who started full time in the follow years: (1) 2002-03, (2)2003-04, (3)2004-05, (4)2005-06
GSR is just one part of the NCAA's Academic reform. This three-part system consists of new standards, both initial eligibility and progress toward degree; new metrics, the APR and the GSR; and new consequences through APR penalties. These three taken together are the essential pieces of academic reform.