Xavier Athletics Boasts 97% Graduation Success Rate
Oct. 25, 2012
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 97 percent, which ranked tied for 11th in the nation and was the best GSR score in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
An impressive list of 14 Xavier teams out of XU's 18 NCAA Division I sports can boast GSR scores of 100 percent: men's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, men's golf, women's golf, women's soccer, men's swimming, women's swimming, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's indoor track and field, women's indoor track and field, men's outdoor track and field and women's outdoor track and field. The Xavier women's basketball and volleyball teams were the next-highest ranked XU programs at 91 percent.
"Our Top 15 GSR performance is a clear indicator of the commitment we make to the academic achievement of our student-athletes," 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 GSR for the last four graduating classes of all Division I student-athletes (2002-2005) remains at 80 percent, still an all-time high for the NCAA, NCAA President Mark Emmert said. The most recent one-year GSR for the 2005 class is 81 percent, down 1 point from last year.
Xavier scored the best GSR in the Atlantic 10 at 97. In fact, 14 of the league's 16 teams are above the national four-year GSR average of 80 percent and six of those programs (Xavier, Dayton, George Washington, Richmond, Saint Joseph's and La Salle) are all over 90 percent.
Men's basketball and football traditionally have posted the lowest graduation rates among all sports. But in the 11 years since GSR data have been collected, men's basketball is up 18 points - and is 21 points higher for African-American males in the sport. FBS football is up 7 points, and African-Americans in football have seen their GSR climb 9 percentage points.
Xavier was ranked 21st in the nation at 95 percent in the GSR rates released last year.