December 15, 2010

UNH Athletics Receives High Marks for GSR

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of New Hampshire, with a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) score of 95, is ranked at the top of the list among its conference competitors as well as near the top of the national rankings, according to the data released by the NCAA in late November.

UNH was the highest-ranked school in both the America East and Colonial Athletic Association conferences, and was second in Hockey East. The Wildcats were No. 1 in the nation among land-grant institutions as well as No. 2 nationally among public schools (second only to the U.S. Naval Academy).

Seven UNH teams recorded a GSR of 100%. They were: field hockey, gymnastics, men’s soccer, women’s ice hockey, women’s skiing, women’s track and women’s volleyball. The football team finished with a GSR of 95, tied for fifth-best in the nation in its respective sport. Other notable performances included: women’s lacrosse (93); men’s track, women’s swimming and women’s soccer with 92; women’s basketball (90); and men’s basketball (89).

“Academic success is as important an indicator of success at UNH as are our wins and losses,” UNH Director of Athletics Marty Scarano said. “We are justifiably proud of the metrics which exhibit academic achievement, but don’t take them for granted or assume that they are a given. A lot of people at UNH have contributed to this accomplishment; it’s a reflection of a university trying to do the right things across campus and having inter-collegiate athletics in perspective.”

The GSR data indicates the number of student-athletes earning a degree within six years. The NCAA developed the GSR to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The GSR, unlike the federal graduation rate, holds the institution accountable for transfer students. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.

The Graduation Success Rate was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately measure the academic success of Division I student-athletes by better accounting for the many different academic paths followed by today’s college students.

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 to compare student-athletes to the general student body.

The most recent Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering freshmen classes in Division I from 2000-2001 through 2003-04. There are almost 105,000 student-athletes included in the most recent four classes using the GSR methodology, as compared to just slightly fewer than 77,000 in the federal rate. This year marks the ninth year of GSR data that have been collected. The NCAA began collecting GSR data with the entering freshman class of 1995. The latest entering class for which data are available is 2003.

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