U-M Graduation Rates Rise, Remain Above NCAA National Average

Oct. 24, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Student-athlete graduation rates at the University of Michigan improved and remained above the NCAA national average, according to the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) reports released by the NCAA National Office Thursday (Oct. 24) for all NCAA Division I institutions.

The report includes student-athletes on aid entering school between the 2003-04 and 2006-07 academic years and indicates the percentage of those who graduate within six years.

Michigan's four-year rolling average GSR is 88 percent -- up four percent from the 2012 report and up six percent from 2011. U-M's four-year rolling average FGR increased two percentage points from a year ago to 78 percent.

In the one-year FGR for the 2006-07 scholarship freshman class, the most recent year with complete data, 76 percent of U-M student-athletes entering in fall 2006 graduated within six years.

The NCAA also released its overall Division I national averages: the four-year GSR is 81 percent and the 2006-07 incoming class FGR is 65 percent.

Ten U-M varsity athletic teams had 100-percent four-year Graduation Success Rates in the 2013 report: men's cross country/track and field; men's golf; ice hockey; men's tennis; women's basketball; women's golf; women's gymnastics; softball; women's swimming and diving; and women's tennis.

Since the NCAA began collecting GSR data with the entering freshman class of 1995, the U-M women's tennis and softball teams have posted perfect 100 percent scores in each annual report. Women's golf has had a perfect GSR scores the last six consecutive years.

Both the GSR and FGR are based on the number of student-athletes on athletics aid enrolling in school each year. A number of variables may impact these figures, such as student-athletes who opt for professional or educational opportunities outside of their original institution, coaching staff changes, and student-athletes in good academic standing who choose to leave school early.

The FGR is mandated by the U.S. Government and reflects the number of scholarship student-athletes who enter an institution in a specific academic year and graduate from that same institution within six academic years. It does not factor in transfer students leaving or entering an institution; the FGR counts transfers simply as non-graduates and therefore is typically lower than the GSR.

The GSR was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately measure the academic success of Division I student-athletes by better accounting for the many different academic paths followed by today's college students. It accounts for students who transfer into an institution, and does not penalize institutions that have student-athletes who choose to transfer out while still in good academic standing. The NCAA began collecting GSR data with the entering freshman class of 1995.

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