The 87 percent figure represents what the NCAA calls its graduation success rate, which excludes athletes who leave their institutions while academically eligible to compete and includes those players who transfer into an institution, which the association characterizes as more accurately representing how students flow through college. The GSR provides a more complete and accurate look at actual student-athlete success by taking into account the full variety of participants in Division I athletics and tracking their academic outcomes. Baylor has finished either first or second in the federal graduation rate report 11 times in the league's 22-year history, produced the league's top mark in 2015, 2012, 2004, 2001, 2000, 1998 and 1996, and has graduated at least 60 percent of its student-athletes 18 times.
The 91 percent rate ties an institutional high set each of the last three years in the overall graduation rate, and five programs: baseball, men's golf, men's tennis, women's tennis and volleyball each recorded flawless 100 scores. "Graduating our student-athletes is and always will be a priority for the UConn Division of Athletics and this continuing trend of improvement in the Graduation Success Rates is a direct result of that emphasis".
"It is gratifying to see a record for graduation rate year after year", Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said.
The NCAA's GSR metric allows student-athletes six years to earn their degrees.
"Our student-athletes continually strive to set the standard on the playing fields, in the classroom and in Bancroft Hall", Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said in a statement. This year's six Tech teams in that category (again, four-year average) included men's golf, men's tennis, women's tennis, women's soccer, women's swimming and diving and volleyball. The score has improved in all but one year since he took over - and in that one year span it didn't improve, the score stayed the same (81 in 2013 and 2014). GSR rates that were equal to or higher than the national average for each sport were also made by the same eight programs. The Academic Progress Rate (APR) is released each spring and focuses on athletes' eligibility during four-year and single-year periods.
The Marsha Sharp Center for Student Athletes has spaces for private study, computer labs, supplemental-instruction classrooms and a private conferencing area for tutoring and mentoring appointments for the student athletes at Tech, according to the release. "This is a point of emphasis every year and the hard work put in by our student-athletes, coaches and staff in the Buck Harless Student-Athlete Program reflect that".