NCAA TO RELEASE GRAD RATES The NCAA will release the latest GSR and ASR data for each Division I and Division II institution and their sports teams, along with federal graduation rates figures for each school in both divisions
News-Sports.net - Oct 24,2012 - WHAT: A telephonic press conference to discuss the most recent NCAA Division I Graduation Success Rates and Division II Academic Success Rates.
The NCAA will release the latest GSR and ASR data for each Division I and Division II institution and their sports teams, along with federal graduation rates figures for each school in both divisions.
WHEN: Thursday, October 25, 2012, 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.
WHO: Mark Emmert, president, NCAA; Walter Harrison, chair of the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance and president, University of Hartford; Thomas J. Haas, vice chair of the Division II Presidents Council and president, Grand Valley State University; and select NCAA staff.
HOW: Media may listen and ask questions by calling 866-261-3330; confirmation code 269348. DO NOT RELEASE THIS TELEPHONE NUMBER TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.
You may access the data through a searchable database on the NCAA website at www.ncaa.org when they are available.
KEY BACKGROUND ON DIVISION I GRADUATION SUCCESS RATE
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 GSR takes into account the many different academic paths followed by today’s college students.
Unlike the federal graduation rate, the GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.
By counting incoming transfer students and midyear enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by approximately 38 percent.
Under the GSR calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. These outgoing transfers are essentially passed to the receiving institution’s GSR cohort.
The NCAA also calculates the federal graduation rate for student-athletes, because it is the only rate to compare student-athletes to the general student body.
The most recent Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering freshmen classes in Division I from 2002-2003 through 2005-06.
There are more than 110,000 student-athletes included in the most recent four classes using the GSR methodology, as compared to about 79,500 in the federal rate.
· This year marks the 11th year of GSR data that have been collected. The NCAA began collecting GSR data with the entering freshman class of 1995. The latest entering class for which data are available is 2005.
KEY BACKGROUND ON DIVISION II ACADEMIC SUCCESS RATE
· The Division II ASR was adopted seven years ago at the request of presidents to better measure academic success of student-athletes.
· Division II’s ASR is similar to the Division I Graduation Success Rate as it takes transfer students into account. However, given the partial-scholarship financial aid model of Division II, ASR also includes student-athletes not receiving athletically related financial aid.
· The result is that ASR captures more than twice the enrolled student-athletes as the federal graduation rate, largely because more than 36,000 nonscholarship Division II student-athletes are included in the NCAA calculation.