Tide Stays High In Graduation Rate

The University of Alabama has produced a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) score of 70, exceeding acceptable standards for completion of undergraduate studies nationally for the period covering student-athletes who attended The University between 1999 and 2002, according to figures released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

"Our student-athletes continue to produce a solid Graduation Success Rate," said Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore. "It is continued evidence of the leadership of (UA President) Dr. (Robert) Witt, as well as the work of our faculty and our athletic academic support staff. Our coaches are committed to the education of our student-athletes, who have worked hard to make the most of their opportunity here. I cannot say enough about the role our faculty plays in the academic success and progress of our student-athletes. Our faculty is excellent."

Five of Alabama's 20 intercollegiate athletic programs in existence at the time –women's golf, women's gymnastics, women's soccer, women's softball, and women's tennis – achieved perfect scores of 100. Twelve of Alabama's programs recorded a GSR score of at least 80 with eight of its teams having a GSR score 90 or higher. Women's rowing is not included in this survey as it did not become a scholarship sport at UA until 2006.

The GSR measures graduation rates at Division I institutions and includes transferring into the institutions. The GSR also allows institutions to subtract student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained.

The NCAA GSR and the Academic Success Rate (ASR) were developed in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflected the mobility among college students today. Both rates improve on the federally mandated graduation rate by including students who were omitted from the federal calculation.

For the most recent year of graduation data (students who entered the University in 2002) the Alabama football team posted a graduation rate of 67 percent. For the most recent year of graduation data (students who entered the University in 2002), men's basketball posted a graduation rate of 85 percent. The rates for both football and men's basketball for that year are higher than the University's overall graduation rate.

In the NCAA's latest Academic Progress Rate report, released in May 2009, 13 of UA's varsity athletic teams earned a multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR) score higher than the national average. Twenty Crimson Tide teams were once again above the national cutoff standard of 925.

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