The NCAA developed the GSR two years ago because the federal graduation rate does not credit institutions with student-athletes who leave in good academic standing or for transfers into the school who graduate. The GSR accounts for both of those transfer groups, which has resulted in a more accurate depiction of student-athlete academic success, since it captures about 35 percent more students than the federal methodology.
The GSR data for the 1996-99 four-class aggregate show that in addition to the increase for the entire division, the GSR for male student-athletes has risen from 69 percent to 70 percent. The GSR for female student-athletes remains steady at 86 percent.
All three Division I subdivisions also realized percentage-point jumps. Schools with football in the Bowl Subdivision went from 77 to 78 percent, schools with football in the Championship Subdivision went from 73 to 74 percent.
"The goal of 80 percent GSR is not an ‘official' NCAA goal, but one that I think stretches us but can be accomplished," Brand said. "Division I is close to that goal now at 77 percent, and these data do not reflect the current academic reforms Division I has adopted in the last three years. I believe the 80-percent target for the entire division is attainable in the near future," said NCAA President Myles Brand.
Gators vs. SEC
In the Southeastern conference (see chart below), Gator Football checks in at #2 with an 80% GSR with Vanderbilt at the top with 92%.
In men's basketball, the Gators are #1 with a 100% GSR and Vanderbilt second at 82%. In women's basketball, the Gators also share the #1 spot at 100% with Arkansas, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee.
In baseball, the Gators are #2 at 82% with Vanderbilt at #1 with a 100% GSR.
Gators vs. In-State rivals
In football, the Gators sit high atop the GSR perch with Florida State at 52%, Miami at 68%, UCF at 42%, and USF at 66%.
As for men's basketball, the Gators are also high atop everyone else with Florida State at 75%, Miami 69%, UCF 75%, and USF 44%.
In women's basketball, the Gators share the lead with Miami at 100% with Florida State at 79%, UCF 92%, and USF 73%.
Finally, in baseball the Gators share the top with FSU at 80%. Miami checks in at 56%, UCF 70%, and USF 71%.
SEC and In-State Schools GSR Chart
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