WKU Raises Graduation Success Rate for Fifth Consecutive Year

Nov. 15, 2016

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Athletics’ overall graduation success rate (GSR) improved for the fifth-straight year in the NCAA’s latest release for freshman classes from 2006-09, with four teams posting a perfect 100 GSR score.

WKU’s overall GSR for 14 sport programs was a school-record 83, which improved upon the 82 scored in the last release and the 80 scored in the before that. In consecutive years, four WKU teams posted perfect GSRs: men’s golf, softball, volleyball and women’s tennis, with golf, softball and volleyball also having perfect scores in last year’s release.

Volleyball (11), men’s golf (8), and softball (4) have all posted perfect GSR scores in years they have been eligible to report.

WKU and Louisville both posted an 83 GSR score to lead Kentucky’s FBS members in the rankings. Among Conference USA members, WKU ranks sixth out of the 14 current members of the league in the report.

The GSRs released Tuesday are based on the four freshmen classes in Division I entering from 2006 to 2009. 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.