Oct. 25, 2011
WACO, Texas – For the sixth straight year, Baylor University ranks among the Big 12 Conference leaders in Graduation Success Rate (GSR) scores, according to figures released today by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Baylor’s 2011 GSR composite score of 79, a 1-point improvement over its 2010 score, tied for second among Big 12 institutions behind Missouri’s league-leading mark of 81, and was just under the national average (80). It marked the third consecutive year BU’s overall GSR score had improved.
Iowa State and Kansas also tied Baylor for second-place among Big 12 institutions, and the trio were followed by Kansas State (78), Oklahoma State (77), Texas (74), Texas A&M (73), Oklahoma (71) and Texas Tech (70).
"We are proud to once again be among the Big 12 Conference leaders in graduation success rate," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "This success is 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 has finished either first or second among Big 12 institutions in GSR score five times in the last six years. In addition, Baylor tied Iowa State for first-place among league schools in female student-athlete GSR scores with a mark of 94 percent, while its male student-athlete GSR score of 64 tied for fourth in the league with Kansas State. Baylor, Missouri and Kansas were the only league schools to have both their male and female GSR scores rank among the league's top four scores.
In eight sports where the GSR was measured by the NCAA, Baylor teams met or exceeded the national GSR threshold in their particular sport for all Division I institutions. Baylor produced league-leading GSR scores in three sports---volleyball (100), softball (100) and baseball (82), while women’s cross country/track & field ranked third with its score of 94.
Other Baylor programs which met or exceeded the national GSR score in their particular sport were women’s soccer (96), women’s basketball (92), men’s golf (88) and women’s golf (88).
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 37 percent, according to the NCAA.
The most recent Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering freshmen classes in Division I from 2001-02 through 2004-05. Nearly 105,000 student-athletes are included in the most recent four classes using the GSR methodology, as compared to about 76,000 in the federal rate. The NCAA began collecting this data with the entering freshmen class of 1995.
The NCAA also released its 2011 federal graduation data on Tuesday. Baylor, which has led the Big 12 Conference in overall student-athlete graduation rates five times and finished second on three occasions, ranked tied for fourth with the University of Missouri in the most-recent report with its 64 percent rate. Baylor's 4-year average graduation rate of 58 percent was tied for seventh in the Big 12. Baylor has graduated at least 60 percent of its student-athletes in 12 of the Big 12's 15 years.