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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) Report released today.
Teams from ACC institutions rank among the top Division I institutions with an average graduation rate of 88.9 percent, while the NCAA graduation rate is 83 percent nationally.
“Our schools have once again exemplified our league’s commitment to academic excellence,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The ACC is proud to have the strongest collective balance of academics and athletics of any major conference.”
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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 2008, the most recent data available. The rate shows the percentage of those student-athletes who earned a degree by the spring of 2014. The four-year cohort of student-athletes who began college in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 is also included.
This year marks the 15th year that GSR data has been collected. The NCAA began collecting this data with the entering freshman class of 1995.
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