WKU’s overall GSR for 14 sport programs was a school-record 82, which improved upon the 80 scored in the last release and the 79 scored in each of the two releases before that. The four WKU teams with perfect GSRs were men’s golf, softball, volleyball and women’s tennis, with golf, softball and volleyball also having perfect scores in last year’s release.
WKU recorded the highest score among Football Bowl Subdivision members in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, topping Kentucky (81) and Louisville (81). WKU ranks fifth out of the 14 current members of Conference USA in the report.
The GSRs released Wednesday are based on the four freshmen classes in Division I entering from 2005 to 2008. 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.