Dec. 20, 2005
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 Monday 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 defending 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.
"We are excited that Baylor ranks atop the Big 12 conference and so high nationally in Graduation Success Rate," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "It is a credit to the high quality of student-athletes that we recruit to Baylor and the commitment to academic excellence on the part of our coaches and staff.
"Overall, Baylor student-athletes are well prepared and very committed academically, and they quickly realize after arriving on campus that we are very serious about academic performance."
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.
Baylor's GSR by sport:
Basketball, Men's (79)
Basketball, Women's (100)
Golf, Men (80)
Golf, Women's (100)
Soccer, Women's (87)
Tennis, Men's (88)
Tennis, Women's (100)
Track & Cross Country, Men's (82)
Track & Cross Country, Women's (100)
Volleyball, Women's (100)
Note: Bold indicates program posted highest GSR rate in Big 12 Conference.