Maine Honored for Graduation Success Rate
ORONO, Maine -- The NCAA released its Graduation Success Rate today and over 80 percent of student-athletes are graduating within six years of enrolling in college. In addition, America East student-athletes are graduating at a higher rate than overall Division I student-athletes. Maine had five teams honored for perfect 100 scores.
The single-year GSP for student-athletes who began college in 2004 is 82 percent, a new high for the NCAA, three points higher than last year and eight points higher than when the GSP collection began a decade ago.
America East's nine member institutions averaged a GSR score of 85, while Division I student-athletes overall graduated with 80-percent success, a mark that is at an all-time high and two points higher than the general student body. Eight of the nine America East institutions exceeded the national rate of graduation.
Thirty America East programs achieved perfect scores of 100. Maine ranked third in the conference, as five of its teams posted a perfect score of 100. The men's swimming and diving team was honored for a perfect 100 score. The field hockey, women's soccer, softball and women's swimming and diving teams all also had perfect 100 scores. All 17 of Maine's sports were at or above the national average.
The GSR data indicates the number of student-athletes earning a degree within six years. The NCAA developed the GSR to more accurately assess the academic success of its student-athletes. The GSR, unlike the federal graduation rate, holds the institution accountable for transfer students.
University of Hartford President Walter Harrison, chair of the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance, stressed that the latest classroom success is a result of the groundbreaking academic reform movement of the past decade.
The most recent GSR are based on the four entering freshman classes in Division I from 2001-02 through 2004-05.