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Baylor Among Big 12 Leaders In Graduation Success Rate

Oct. 24, 2013

WACO, Texas - While Baylor's student-athletes continue to register success in competition, they are also continuing to excel in the classroom, based on data released today by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

TCU produced the Big 12's top Graduation Success Rate score for the second-straight year with an 88, while Baylor ranked second (86) and was followed by Kansas (84), West Virginia (84), Texas (80), Iowa State (79), Kansas State (77), Texas Tech (77), Oklahoma (76) and Oklahoma State (74).

Baylor has finished either first or second among Big 12 schools in composite GSR score six times in the last eight years, and it again produced the Big 12's top female student-athlete GSR mark with a 2013 score of 95 (tied with TCU) while its male student-athlete GSR score of 78 ranked third in the conference behind TCU (84) and West Virginia (81). Baylor, TCU, Kansas and Texas were the only Big 12 schools to have both their male and female GSR scores both rank among the upper half of the Big 12.

"We are honored to once again be a leader in the Big 12 and nationally in graduation success rate," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "This success continues to be a credit to the dedication of our student-athletes, academic commitment of our coaches and the outstanding work of the student-athlete services staff. Moreover, Baylor's faculty members play a key role in the academic success of our student-athletes and are to be commended for the outstanding job they do in the classroom."

Baylor's 2013 GSR composite score of 86 was a 4-point improvement over its 2012 mark and marked the fifth consecutive year its institutional GSR score increased. BU's 2013 overall mark was also 5 points better than both the Division I national average and the FBS average, both of which were 81. While BU's 2013 female GSR score dipped 2 points from a year ago (97 to 95), its men's GSR score increased some 7 points from its 2012 mark (71 in 2012 to 78 in 2013). Baylor's male GSR score is 3 points above the national Division I average, while its women's GSR mark is 7 points better than the national Division I average.

In 16 of Baylor's sports where the GSR was measured by the NCAA, 15 Baylor programs met or exceeded the national GSR threshold in their particular sport for all Division I institutions. Baylor produced league-leading GSR scores in five sports---men's golf (100), women's golf (100), women's tennis (100), volleyball (100) and baseball (90).

The NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) was developed to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The rate holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport. Under the calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing students who leave in good academic standing. The outgoing transfers are included in the receiving institution's GSR cohort. By counting incoming transfer students and mid-year enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes traced for gradation by nearly 39 percent, according to the NCAA.

The most recent Division I Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering classes from 2003-2006. More than 114,000 student-athletes are included in the most recent four classes using the GSR methodology, as compared to about 82,500 in the federal rate. The NCAA began compiling these figures with the entering freshmen class of 1995.

After leading the Big 12 in federal student-athlete graduation rates for the sixth time in Big 12 history a year ago, Baylor's 2013 federal rate of 60 percent tied Texas Tech for seventh in the league behind TCU (76), Iowa State (71), Kansas (70), West Virginia (65), Kansas State (64), Texas (64), and ahead of Oklahoma (58) and Oklahoma State.

Baylor has finished either first or second in the fed grad rate report nine times in the league's 17-year history, produced the league's top mark in 2012, 2004, 2001, 2000, 1998 and 1996, and has graduated at least 60 percent of its student-athletes in 14 of the Big 12's first 17 years.

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