Oct. 29, 2010
WACO, Texas - For the fifth consecutive year, Baylor University again ranks among the Big 12 Conference leaders in Graduation Success Rate (GSR) scores, according to figures recently released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Baylor's 2010 GSR score of 78, which was a 1-point improvement over its 2009 score that tied for second in the league, led the Big 12's South Division and ranked fourth overall behind Kansas State (81), Missouri (80) and Iowa State (79). Baylor has finished either first or second among Big 12 institutions in GSR score four times in the last five years.
"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."
Following Kansas State, Missouri, Iowa State and Baylor in the Big 12 were Kansas (77), Oklahoma State (76), Colorado (74), Nebraska (73), Texas A&M (72), Texas (70), Oklahoma (69) and Texas Tech (67).
In addition, Baylor ranked tied for third among Big 12 institutions in female GSR score with a 91, while its male student-athlete GSR score of 68 ranked fourth in the league. Baylor and Missouri were the only league schools that had both their male and female GSR scores rank among the league's top four scores.
Eight Baylor teams met or exceeded the national GSR threshold in their particular sport for all Division I institutions. Baylor baseball ranked second in the Big 12 in GSR with a score of 78, while the Baylor women's cross country/track and field team ranked third in the league with a score of 90.
Other Baylor programs which met or exceeded the national GSR score in their particular sport were men's cross country/track and field (75), men's golf (89), women's basketball (88), women's soccer (91), softball (100) and volleyball (92).
The NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) was developed in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflect the mobility among college students today. Both rates improve on the federally mandated graduation rate by including students who were omitted from the federal calculation.
The GSR measures graduation rates at Division I institutions and includes students transferring into the institutions. The GSR also allows institutions to subtract student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained.
The most recent Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering freshmen classes in Division I from 2000-01 through 2003-04. This year's report marks the eighth year that GSR data has been collected by the NCAA.
The NCAA also released its 2010 federal graduation data on Wednesday. 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 sixth with the University of Texas in the most-recent report with its 62 percent rate. Baylor's 4-year average graduation rate of 58 percent was fifth in the Big 12. Baylor has graduated at least 60 percent of its student-athletes in 11 of the Big 12's 14 years.