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Samford teams score high in NCAA's GSR Report

10 November 2017

"This honor goes to our student-athletes who don't always get the credit they deserve for not only working long hours to represent our university on the field of play, but spending even more hours pursuing success in the classroom".

Western Kentucky had three teams post flawless scores and all Hilltopper and Lady Topper sport programs scored well above the Federal Graduation Rate in the NCAA's most recent release of the Graduation Success Rate Report.

The GSR data shows the percentage of student-athletes earning a degree within six years of entering college. For nine-consecutive years, Tech has either maintained its score or improved from the year before, according to a Tech Athletics news release. "We are proud of this noteworthy achievement".

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"Our student-athletes continually strive to set the standard on the playing fields, in the classroom and in Bancroft Hall", Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said in a statement.

Implemented 13 years ago by the NCAA, field hockey and women's tennis continued their streak of 13-straight seasons with a 100 percent GSR.

WKU's largest jumps over the federal rate came on the hardwood as both men's basketball (75) and women's basketball (90) almost doubled the nation's average rate. Analysis of the 2011-12 class suggests that Purdue's GSR will improve to the department goal of 85 percent in the spring of 2018.

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The Razorbacks' two most profitable sports, football and men's basketball, recorded their highest scores in the GSR.

The GSR provides a more inclusive calculation of student-athlete academic success. The rate is limited because it ignores the large number of transfer students in higher education, but it is still the only rate that allows a direct comparison between student-athletes and the general student body. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.

Wrestling had the greatest year-to-year GSR increase of all Penn State teams with a jump of 16 percentage points. Athletes who transfer in good standing do not count against the school's GSR.

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Texas Tech student-athletes have a dedicated staff at the Marsha Sharp Center for Student-Athletes who guide each student-athlete to success from the time of enrollment to graduation.

Samford teams score high in NCAA's GSR Report