Oct. 16, 2008
STANFORD, calif. - The most recent Federal Graduation Rates and the NCAA Graduation Success Rates (GSR) were released on Tuesday and Stanford University remains among the highest in the country. Seventeen athletic programs at Stanford compiled perfect scores according to the fourth year of the GSR measurements developed by the NCAA and the student-athletes graduate on par with the Stanford student body at large.
The NCAA report shows that among Stanford's men's sports baseball, cross country/track, fencing, golf, gymnastics, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and water polo achieved perfect GSR scores of 100 percent. The eight Cardinal women's programs of basketball, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, and water polo, also received GSR scores of 100 percent.
One of the most impressive numbers comes from Stanford's football program. Cardinal football student-athletes earned a GSR rate of 93 percent, which is the highest mark in the Pac-10 Conference and third-highest nationally among Football Bowl Subdivision teams.
The GSR was created four years ago by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. Unlike the Federal Graduation Rate, the GSR accounts for students who leave an institution while academically eligible as well as adding midyear enrollees to the cohort. The GSR is calculated and reported individually for each NCAA-sponsored sport. Only the Federal Graduation Rates are calculated for both the student population at-large as well as the student-athlete population.
In this latest release, both the GSR and Federal Graduation Rates are from a four-class aggregate of entering classes from 1998 through 2001 and show the percentage of student-athletes earning a degree within six years. Stanford student-athletes have a Federal Graduation four-class average of 91 percent, while the Stanford student body at-large graduates at a comparable 95 percent. Nationally, student-athletes graduate at 63 percent, two percent higher than the national student population at large.
The GSR should not be confused with the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate, which uses a series of formulas related to student-athletes retention and eligibility to measure the academic performance of all participants who receive grant-in-aid on every team at every NCAA Division I college and university.