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    Northwestern Leads Big Ten Again in NCAA's GSR Data

    Every one of Keylor Chan's incoming freshman classes from 2001-04 graduated at a 100 percent rate.

    Every one of Keylor Chan's incoming freshman classes from 2001-04 graduated at a 100 percent rate.

    Oct. 25, 2011

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern has scored a 96 percent overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in the latest data released by the NCAA today (Oct. 25), a figure which leads the Big Ten by seven percentage points and ranks among the best scores nationally.

    Eleven of NU's 19 varsity sports have perfect 100 percent GSR's for the most recent cohort, which measures incoming freshman classes from 2001-2004. Women's cross country, women's fencing, men's golf, women's golf, women's lacrosse, women's soccer, men's soccer, women's swimming, men's tennis, women's tennis and women's volleyball achieved those perfect scores for NU.

    This number represents a one-sport improvement in total Wildcat programs receiving perfect scores compared to last year's data. NU had a school-record 15 programs with a perfect GSR in 2008.

    "We expect the same level of commitment from our student-athletes in the classroom as we do on the field of competition, and once again we are thrilled about their academic performance," Northwestern Director of Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips said. "The first goal for all of our Wildcats is to earn a Northwestern degree. We are proud to remain a leader among our peers in graduating student-athletes."

    Northwestern football earned a 94 percent GSR for the current cohort, ranking it seven percentage points ahead of the program's nearest conference counterpart and second among all FBS schools nationwide.

    The NCAA developed the GSR to more accurately assess long-term student-athlete academic success, taking into account the many different academic paths followed by today's college students. The GSR differs from the federally mandated graduation rate in that it holds institutions accountable for transfer students, accounts for mid-year enrollees and is calculated for every sport. Institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. These outgoing transfers are essentially passed to the receiving institution's GSR cohort.

    Data show the GSR includes almost 105,000 student-athletes in the most recent four classes, compared to just over 76,000 counted in the federal graduation rate. The NCAA continues to provide the federal rate, though, since there is no comparable rate to the GSR for the general student body. This marks the 10th year GSR data have been collected.


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