PULLMAN, Wash. - The most recent Federal Graduation Rates and the NCAA Graduation Success Rates (GSR) were released Thursday and Washington State University performed well in many areas.
The NCAA report shows that among Washington State’s women's programs, tennis and golf achieved perfect GSR scores of 100 percent. Additionally, women’s track/cross country boasted a graduation success rate of 97 percent while swimming was very strong at 95 percent. Some of the notable men’s programs include track/cross country at 90 percent while golf was at 88 percent and basketball 80 percent.
Washington State’s four-year rolling average GSR was 78 percent, up three percent from the 2012 report. The four-year rolling average FGR for the Cougars was 69 percent, also up three percent from the previous year. Twelve of WSU’s 17 athletic programs posted increased GSR scores over the 2012 report while 11 programs showed an increase over last year for FGR scores.
“The 2006-07 NCAA graduation rates reflect Washington State University’s unwavering commitment to the complete student-athlete experience,” said Chris Cook, Associate Director of Athletics, Student-Athlete Development.
The Cougars are one of only two Pac-12 Conference institutions (Utah being the other), whose single year (2006-07) and four-year (2003-07) student-athlete cohorts both graduated at a higher rate than their All-University counterparts. For freshmen entering in 2006, WSU student-athletes graduated at a rate of 71 percent compared to 67 percent for all university freshmen entering that year and 65 percent for all Division I student-athletes. The four-year graduation rate of 69 percent edged all university graduates (68 percent) during that span.
“This positive performance by our athletic programs doesn’t come easy,” said Faculty-Athletic Representative Ken Casavant. “It is the result of determined individuals like our student-athletes and our academic counselors, supported by Bill Moos and the athletic department. I am so proud of our students.”
The NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing, unlike the federal graduation rate, which does not count transfers. The GSR and federal rate calculations measure graduation over six years from first-time college enrollment.
The federal graduation rate, while less inclusive than the GSR, provides the only measure of historic academic comparison between student-athletes and the general student body. By this standard, student-athletes consistently outperform nearly all their peers in the student body.
The latest data show that Division I student-athletes who entered college in 2006 equaled their highest federal graduation rate of 65 percent – 1 percentage point higher than the general student body at Division I institutions
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.