Aug. 8, 2006
WACO, Texas -
Baylor University will confer degrees during summer commencement exercises on Saturday, Aug. 12, in the Ferrell Center and among those slated to graduate are 13 student-athletes. During the 2006 academic year, 74 Baylor student-athletes will have received their degrees.
Among those student-athletes graduating are four football players, three baseball players and track and field athletes, two from volleyball and a softball player
Baylor prides itself on its student-athlete graduation rate. Since the beginning of the Big 12 Conference in 1996, Baylor has led the Big 12 in graduation rates five times and ranked second on three other occasions.
Five Baylor teams recorded perfect scores for their graduation rates and 12 of its 13 intercollegiate athletic programs registered marks above the national average in a report released Dec. 19 by the NCAA. Baylor had a Big 12-best five programs report perfect graduation success rate (GSR) scores and each of its programs scored 80 or higher in the national survey of Division I institutions.
The 2005 NCAA champion Lady Bear basketball team had a perfect GSR score of 100 percent, as did Baylor's women's golf, women's tennis, women's track & cross country and women's volleyball teams. All 13 of Baylor's programs scored at or above the Division I national GSR average and seven--women's basketball (100 percent), women's golf (100), women's tennis (100), women's track and cross country (100), women's volleyball (100), football (88) and baseball (85) led the Big 12 Conference, while the Bears' men's basketball (79), women's softball (94) and men's track & cross country (82) programs both finished No. 2 in the league.
The GSR is a new NCAA measurement that improves the federally mandated graduation rate by including transfer data in the calculation. The average success rate for all of Division I athletics is 76 percent, while it also stands at 76 percent among Division I-A schools, 73 percent among Division I-AA institutions and 79 percent among Division I-AAA programs.
The recent NCAA study is based on the graduation rates of student-athletes who entered college from the fall of 1995 through the fall of 1998, allowing for a six-year window in which to earn a degree. Unlike the federally mandated graduation rates, the NCAA's GSR accounts for transfers in good academic standing and provides a more accurate and real-time assessment of graduation success for all athletics programs.
August 2006 Graduates
Men's Track (2)
Women's Track (1)