Graduation Success Rate (GSR) up for IU

In a study released by the NCAA Thursday, Indiana announced that its Graduation Success Rate (GSR) from 2002-05 was 80 percent, an improvement of three percentage points. Here’s the full release:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Student-athletes at Indiana University who enrolled from 2002-05 scored a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 80 percent, an improvement of three percentage points, in the study that was released by the NCAA today.

Women’s cross country, women’s track and field, women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving and women’s tennis all finished with a perfect 100 percent score.

“Second only to playing by the rules, having student-athletes who earn Indiana University degrees is our highest priority,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass. “We are very pleased that we have improved our GSR score by three percentage points over last year and that six of our programs had a perfect GSR score of 100. These results reflect the strong commitment to academics shared by our coaches, staff and most importantly our student-athletes.”

In looking at the overall NCAA Division I GSR, a total of 14 Indiana athletics teams have scores that are equal to or greater than the NCAA Division I average. This includes men’s cross country, men’s track and field, football, men’s golf, men’s soccer, men’s swimming and diving, women’s cross country, women’s track and field, women’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, women’s swimming, women’s tennis and women’s water polo.

Each year the NCAA also releases each institution’s Academic Progress Report (APR). The APR is a metric established by the NCAA to indicate more immediately the success of collegiate athletics teams in moving student-athletes towards graduation.
With seven teams earning a perfect 1,000 APR for the 2010-11 academic year, Indiana University’s 24 sports comfortably exceed NCAA required standards according to the most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate report released in June.

The seven programs to earn a perfect score for 2010-11 were men’s basketball, men’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis and women’s water polo. Men’s golf, women’s tennis, men’s track and field and women’s track and field (tied) all have the top multiyear mark among their peers in the Big Ten Conference.


  1. So what’s the difference between the “Graduation Success Rate” and the graduation rate? I guess the former only counts those who graduated sucessfully, as opposed to those who graduated successfully.

  2. Duh. I meant “as opposed to those who graduated unsuccessfully.” I guess that I’m lucky I graduated at all.

  3. It has a lot to do with how it’s calculated. I believe the federal graduation rate calculates everyone who enters the program and if a player does not get a degree from that institution, it counts against the program’s graduation rate. The GSR is more forgiving for transfers at least. Not sure whether they don’t count it against you or if they count it for you if they transfer somewhere else and graduate. Can’t remember what they do for early professional entrants either. But the point is, those things are taken to account while they’re not for the federal graduation rate.

  4. Any system that lets UK slide through with players that attend a few classes for one semester and still lets the place call itself a university is fatally flawed.

    You’re as likely to get a college degree from the Ellettsville Tastee-Freez (is that still open?) as a basketball player is from Kaintuck. Although, I do understand that each UK degree comes with a free order of fries from your future employer.

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