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Baylor Leads Big 12 Conference In GSR For Second Consecutive Year

Oct. 30, 2007

For the second consecutive year, Baylor University has produced the Big 12 Conference's highest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) score according to figures released today by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

"I am extremely proud of the academic performance of our student-athletes in the past year as measured by the Graduation Success Rate," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "While we have become accustomed to being a leader in the Big 12 in this category, we do not take it for granted and continue to emphasize academic success to our student-athletes. This accomplishment 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. 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 2007 GSR score of 87 was 10 points higher than the NCAA Division I national average of 77 and nine higher than second-place Colorado in the Big 12 Conference. In 2006, Baylor registered a Big 12-leading GSR score of 88. Following Baylor and Colorado among Big 12 institutions were: Kansas State (77), Nebraska (77), Texas (74), Texas A&M (73), Texas Tech (73), Oklahoma State (73), Kansas (70), Missouri (70), Iowa State (69) and Oklahoma (65)

Five of Baylor's 18 intercollegiate athletic programs--football (84), baseball (84), men's tennis (100), women's tennis (100) and women's golf (100)--all ranked No. 1 in GSR among their Big 12 peers. Baylor's men's track and cross country (87), women's track and cross country (95) and women's volleyball (91) programs all ranked No. 2 in the Big 12, while its men's (58) and women's (86) basketball programs both ranked No. 3 in the conference. Twelve of Baylor's programs recorded a GSR score of at least 80 with seven of its teams having a GSR score 90 or higher.

The NCAA GSR and the Academic Success Rate (ASR) were developed in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation date that more accurately reflected 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 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 NCAA also released its 2007 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 second in the conference with its four-class average of 63 percent and its 61 percent rate for only the 2000-01 class ranked No. 6 in the league. Baylor was one of four Big 12 institutions to register an exhausted eligibility graduation rate of at least 90 percent, as its 91 percent mark tied Iowa State for third behind Nebraska (94) and Texas Tech (92). Baylor ranked above the NCAA Division I average in both four-class (62 percent nationally) and exhausted eligibility (77 percent) rates, but was slightly below the national average of 63 percent for the 2000-01 class.

"Our student-athletes continually define what a student-athlete should be," said Baylor Assistant A.D./Academic Services Bart Byrd. "They succeed in the classroom first and then turn to their sports venue to excel. Baylor remains the Big 12 leader for Graduation Success Rate and it is no secret that our success starts with the dedication of our student-athletes in the classroom.

"All this is accomplished by a group effort," he added. "It starts with our student-athletes buying into the programs that we offer in student- athlete services. It continues with the great faculty that we have at Baylor and ends with the coaching staff supporting us by enforcing the policies created in order to continue to lead the Big 12 in academics."

Long-recognized as a national leader in student-athlete academic success, Baylor student-athletes achieved the following in the classroom during the 2006-07 academic year:

•Set a school record by placing 197 student-athletes on the Fall Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.

•Set a school record by placing 193 student-athletes on the Spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.

•Set a school record by placing a total of 390 student-athletes on the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.

•Set a school record by having 80 student-athletes selected to Academic All-Big 12 teams.

•44.9% of student-athletes had at least a 3.0 term GPA for the Fall 2006 term.

•48.1% of student-athletes had at least a 3.0 term GPA for the Spring 2007 term.

•22 student-athletes in the Fall and 23 student-athletes in the Spring had a perfect 4.0 GPA.

•98 student-athletes graduated with a Bachelor's degree and seven student-athletes with a Master's degree in the Fall and Spring. It marked the second-highest number of student-athletes to graduate in one year from Baylor.

•50 student-athletes were named to the Dean's list for the Fall.

•56 student-athletes were named to the Dean's list in the Spring.

•11 Baylor teams had a cumulative grade-point average above a 3.0.

•The cumulative grade point average for all Baylor teams was a 2.92.