Xavier's Graduation Success Rate For Student-Athletes In The Top 25 Again

Xavier is proud of its academic and athletic success.

Xavier is proud of its academic and athletic success.

Oct. 25, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA has released this year's Graduation Success Rates (GSR) for student-athletes in Division I athletics. Xavier has continued its strong academic tradition among its student-athletes by posting a score of 95 percent, which tied for 21st in the nation and best in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

An impressive list of 13 Xavier teams out of XU's 18 NCAA Division I sports can boast GSR scores of 100 percent: women's basketball, men's cross country, men's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field, women's cross country, women's indoor track and field, women's outdoor track and field, women's golf, women's soccer, men's swimming, women's swimming, men's tennis and women's tennis. The Xavier men's basketball program was the next-highest ranked XU team at 93 percent.

"Our GSR performance is a clear reflection of the priorities we live by within our athletic program," said Xavier University Associate Vice President and Athletic Director Mike Bobinski. "I'm grateful for the effort put forth by our faculty, academic advisors, coaches and most importantly, our student-athletes in achieving such important and meaningful success."

The GSR was developed as a more accurate way to track the academic success of student-athletes. Using a six-year time frame, the GSR measures graduation rates of student-athletes. Transfer students are included in the calculation of the GSR. If a student-athlete transfers from an institution in good academic standing, then the transfers are merely passed on to the new institution

The nationwide single-year Graduation Success Rate for student-athletes who began college in 2004 is 82 percent, a new high for the NCAA, three points higher than last year and eight points higher than when GSR collection began a decade ago.

Xavier and Dayton tied for the best GSR in the Atlantic 10 at 95. In fact, 12 of the league's 14 teams are above the national four-year GSR average of 8o percent and five of those programs, Xavier, Dayton, George Washington, Richmond and Saint Joseph's are all over 90 percent.

Xavier was ranked 23rd in the nation at 94 percent in the GSR rates released last year.