STANFORD, Calif.- A total of 19 Stanford athletics programs compiled graduation rates of 100 percent, and none received graduation rates lower than 83 percent, according to the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report released by the NCAA on Thursday.
Both the GSR and Federal Graduation Rates are based upon classes from 2003-06 and show the percentage of student-athletes earning a degree within six years. The NCAA developed the GSR to account for transfer student-athletes, midyear enrollees and others not tracked by the federal graduation rate. Stanford student-athletes have a Federal Graduation four-class average of 93 percent.
The nine men's programs to receive perfect GSR scores included baseball, cross country/track and field, fencing, golf, gymnastics, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo and wrestling.
Perfect ratings were also achieved in 10 women’s programs, including rowing, fencing, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball and water polo.
Stanford's football program received a GSR of 93, which was the highest mark in the Pac-12 and one that ranked fifth nationally among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) institutions.
Other programs to receive GSR scores of 90 or higher were men’s soccer (93), men’s volleyball (92), women’s basketball (92), women’s cross country/track and field (90) and field hockey (96).
The GSR is the NCAA's more comprehensive calculation of student-athlete academic success. The NCAA rate is more accurate than the federally mandated methodology because it includes incoming transfers and students enrolling in the spring semester who receive athletic aid and graduate and deletes from the calculation student-athletes who leave an institution and were academically eligible to compete.
The federal rate only includes individuals in the cohort who entered their freshmen year on athletic aid while also counting any individuals in the cohort that leave the institution as a non-graduate.
Conversely, the APR, or Academic Progress Rate, is a year-by-year gauge of eligibility and retention for Division I scholarship student-athletes that was established in 2004. It is a composite team measurement based upon how individual team members do academically, and the NCAA APR threshold is 925, which is the equivalent of a 50-percent graduation rate.