The NCAA this week released Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and Federal Graduation Rate data for the 2012-13 through 2015-16 freshman cohorts for all Division I institutions as part of the annual NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program.
For the eighth consecutive year, the Tennessee student-athletes achieved the school’s highest multi-year GSR to date, at 93 percent. And it was the 10th consecutive year that UT’s multi-year GSR improved.
The Tennessee student-athletes’ collective multi-year GSR of 98 percent was the highest in Lady Vols history, while UT’s male student-athletes achieved their highest multi-year GSR to date at 87 percent.
In sport-specific data, 10 different programs have set or tied their highest-ever multi-year GSR. Ten sports also recorded a perfect multi-year GSR of 100 percent – baseball, women’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s golf, rowing, softball, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women’s track/cross country and volleyball.
tennessee single-year GSR (2015 cohort) of 93 percent was the third best in school history, as 13 sports recorded a one-year GSR of 100 percent. Also of note in UT’s one-year GSR data was the collective score of 100 percent for female students and athletes – their first-ever perfect one-year score.
“At a time when so many of our Vols and Lady Vols are competing at championship levels, this latest GSR data proves that the academic mission here in Tennessee continues to be fulfilled at an extremely high level – we’re also competing in the classroom,” Vice Chancellor /Head of athletics Danny White said. “I applaud and appreciate the outstanding academic resources and support our students have access to across our campus – and particularly at Thornton Center – in all aspects of collegiate athletics.”
The GSR is calculated differently than the Federal Graduation Rate (FGR). The GSR allows institutions to add grant transfers that fit their respective undergraduate cohorts and remove those students who choose to leave and are academically eligible under NCAA progress-toward degree requirements.
In 2001, the University of Tennessee opened the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center to provide student-athletes with excellent academic, personal and professional development support programs.
Last summer, Tennessee Athletics released rise glorious, an ambitious five-year strategic plan. The very first of the plan’s six core values is “Academic Excellence”.
Educational achievements are also highlighted in Tennessee Athletics’ vision: Provide an unparalleled student-athlete experience fueled by the relentless pursuit of end-to-end excellence; Be bold and innovative in our approach to recruiting and developing diverse graduates, championship-driven competitors and world-changing leaders.