WKU Athletics Shines in Latest Graduation Success Release

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Six WKU teams posted a perfect Graduation Success Rate (GSR) score of 100 in the NCAA's latest release for freshmen classes from 2002-05, and the overall GSR of all 15 WKU sport programs was a 79, trailing only the University of Denver among the 12 schools competing in the Sun Belt Conference during those years.

The six WKU teams that posted perfect GSRs were men's basketball, men's golf, men's tennis, women's soccer, women's swimming and volleyball. WKU's six teams with perfect GSR scores is the most by any school whose sports competed in Sun Belt Conference during 2002-05.

The GSRs released Thursday are based on the four entering freshmen classes in Division I entering from 2002 to 2005. The NCAA calculates the rates based upon the number of student-athletes who graduated 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.

The GSR is the percent of baccalaureate degree-seeking students who entered school during the four measured school years and graduated within six years after initially enrolling. These are the most recent graduating classes for which the required six years of information is available.

In addition to the GSR for the 2002-05 freshman classes, WKU’s federal graduation rate of 59% for student-athletes trailed only Denver and North Texas in the Sun Belt Conference and also exceeded the 49% federal graduation rate posted by all WKU students.

Other WKU Athletics academic superlatives include:
• A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.05 for all 385 WKU student-athletes.
• 200 student-athletes, 54 percent of WKU's total, maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
• Eleven of WKU’s 15 sport programs holding a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better, and five at or above 3.4 as a team.
• A total of 120 student-athletes having graduated in the last calendar year, with 46 finishing their degrees in December of 2011 and 74 others in May of 2012. Each of WKU’s 19 sports is represented among the 120 student-athletes.