Oct. 24, 2013
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Four WKU teams posted a perfect Graduation Success Rate (GSR) score of 100 in the NCAA's latest release for freshmen classes from 2003-06, and the overall GSR of all 15 WKU sport programs was a 79 for the second-straight year, which was good for second among the 11 schools competing in the Sun Belt Conference during those years.
The four WKU teams that posted perfect GSRs were men's golf, women's soccer, softball and volleyball. WKU's four teams with perfect GSR scores is the most by any school whose sports competed in Sun Belt Conference during 2003-06.
The GSRs released Thursday are based on the four freshmen classes in Division I entering from 2003 to 2006. The NCAA calculates the rates based upon the number of student-athletes who graduated within six years after initially enrolling, in addition to those who left an institution prior to graduating but would have been academically eligible to compete. The GSR was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately measure the success of Division I student-athletes by better accounting for the many different academic paths followed by today's college students.
WKU's actual graduation rate for the 2003-06 freshman classes was 62% for student-athletes, which improved upon the actual graduation rate of 59% for the 2002-05 freshman classes. It also exceeded the 50% actual graduation rate posted by all WKU students.
Other WKU Athletics academic superlatives include: A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.05 for all 379 WKU student-athletes. 200 student-athletes, 53 percent of WKU's total, maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Twelve of WKU's 15 sport programs holding a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better, and four at or above 3.4 as a team. At least one student-athlete from each sport program earning a perfect 4.0 GPA in the spring 2013 semester for a total of 47 student-athletes. A total of 108 student-athletes having graduated in the last calendar year, with 34 finishing their degrees in December 2012 and 74 others in May 2013. Each of WKU's 19 sports is represented among the 120 student-athletes.