ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The NCAA National Office released Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) reports on Wednesday (Oct. 27) for all NCAA Division I institutions. The report includes student-athletes on aid entering school between the 2000-01 and 2003-04 academic years and indicates the percentage of those who graduate within six years. The University of Michigan's four-year rolling average GSR is 79 percent, while its four-year rolling average FGR is 75 percent. In the one-year FGR for the 2003-04 incoming class, the most recent year with complete data, 80 percent of U-M student-athletes entering in fall 2003 graduated within six years.
The NCAA also released its overall Division I national averages: the four-year GSR is 79 percent; the four-year FGR is 64 percent; and the 2003-04 incoming class GSR is 79 percent.
Five U-M varsity athletic teams had 100 percent four-year Graduation Success Rates: field hockey; women's golf; men's tennis; women's tennis; and softball.
Both the GSR and FGR are based on the number of student-athletes on aid enrolling in school each year. A number of variables may impact these figures, such as student-athletes who opt for professional or educational opportunities outside of their original institution, coaching staff changes, and student-athletes in good academic standing who choose to leave school early.
The FGR is mandated by the U.S. Government and reflects the number of scholarship student-athletes who enter an institution in a specific academic year and graduate from that same institution within six academic years. It does not factor in transfer students leaving or entering an institution; the FGR counts transfers simply as non-graduates and therefore is typically lower than the GSR.
The GSR 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. It accounts for students who transfer into an institution, and does not penalize institutions that have student-athletes who choose to transfer out while still in good academic standing. The NCAA began collecting GSR data with the entering freshman class of 1995.
NCAA Reports: U-M Grad Rates Above Average
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