ACC Teams Set High Marks for Graduation

Oct. 27, 2010


The NCAA’s Graduation Success Rates (GSR) for student-athletes who began college in 2003 shows great success overall and certainly for those in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The conference’s teams are among the vast majority of sports teams at Division I colleges and universities which are meeting the mark in the classroom, according to the latest NCAA Graduation Success Rates released Wednesday.

Notable ACC notes include:

  • Overall, 3 ACC schools recorded cumulative GSRs over 90, the most in any BCS AQ conference.
  • A total of 10 league schools were at or above the national GSR average of 79.
  • In the sport of football, more ACC teams were above the national average than any other BCS AQ conference.
  • More ACC Men’s Basketball teams were above the national average by comparison BCS AQ conferences.

The NCAA developed the Graduation Success Rate as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The rate holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The Graduation Success Rate 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 essentially passed to the receiving institution’s Graduation Success Rate cohort.

By counting incoming transfer students and midyear enrollees, the Graduation Success Rate increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by more than 36 percent. The NCAA also calculates the federal graduation rate for student-athletes. It is the only rate by which to compare student-athletes to the general student body.

The most recent Division I Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering classes from 2000-2001 through 2003-04. Nearly 105,000 student-athletes are included in the most recent four classes using the GSR methodology, as compared to slightly fewer than 77,000 in the federal rate.

This year marks the ninth year that GSR data have been collected. The NCAA began collecting these data with the entering freshmen class of 1995.