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Conference GSR of 88.1 percent ranks more than six points above national average.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference’s presence in the forefront of academic success was demonstrated once again in the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rates (GSR) released today.
Teams from ACC institutions rank among the top Division I institutions with an average graduation rate of 88.1 percent, while the NCAA graduation rate is 82 percent nationally.
ACC notes include:
The Graduation Success Rate was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative as a better measure of student-athlete academic success. The rate holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.
Under the calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. The outgoing transfers are included in the receiving institution’s GSR cohort.
The GSR allows student-athletes six years to earn their degree. This year’s rate is based on student-athletes who entered college in the fall of 2007, the most recent data available. The rate shows the percentage of those student-athletes who earned a degree by the spring of 2013 The four-year cohort of student-athletes who began college in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 is also included.
The federal graduation rate, which is less accurate than GSR because it counts transfer students as academic failures, is the only rate that allows comparison between the general student body at a school and its student-athletes.
This year marks the 14th year that GSR data has been collected. The NCAA began collecting this data with the entering freshman class of 1995.