Hurricane Student-Athletes Set GSR School Record

Six UM teams compiled Graduation Success Rates of 100 percent.

(October 29, 2012) — University of Miami student-athletes have recorded a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 93 percent, the highest mark ever achieved for the school’s athletics department, according to NCAA figures released October 25.

The mark is four percentage points higher than last year’s then-record 89 percent GSR.

As a department, Miami’s 93 percent GSR ranks fourth among Atlantic Coast Conference members and eighth overall among Football Bowl Subdivision schools. UM has exceeded the NCAA average GSR in each of the last eight years, improving from 77 percent to 93 percent from 2005 to 2012.

“Congratulations to our Hurricane family,” said David Wyman, associate athletic director for academic services. “I am so proud of the performance and development of our student-athletes as they have become national leaders in collegiate academic success with these remarkable results.

“Their excellence is due to the tremendous support they receive from our president and provost, the administration, our outstanding faculty, and our academic services and coaching staff,” Wyman added.

Six UM teams compiled GSR marks of 100 percent; men’s diving posted its eighth consecutive perfect GSR mark, while women’s tennis recorded its fifth straight GSR score of 100 percent. Also adding perfect GSR scorers were women’s rowing, women’s golf, women’s swimming, and volleyball.

Volleyball posted a perfect score for the second consecutive year, while both rowing and women’s swimming set program-record highs for GSR.

“To set a school-best GSR in each of the last two years is a major accomplishment for our program,” said Blake James, interim director of athletics.

Football jumped six points from 88 percent to 94 percent in 2012, tying for the highest GSR score among ACC football programs and third highest among FBS schools. Overall, the football program has improved by 27 points (from 67 percent to 94 percent) since 2010.

Baseball had the largest jump of any UM sport, improving by 20 points (60 percent to 80 percent).

“It shows the dedication of our student-athletes academically and the commitment to academic excellence from our coaches and our academic support staff,” James said. “To be among the nation’s best in GSR is a crowning achievement. We look forward to maintaining our position as one of the truly special academic and athletic intercollegiate programs.”

The NCAA Graduation Success Rate was developed in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflect the mobility among college students today. Both rates improve on the federally mandated graduation rate by including students who were omitted from the federal calculation.

The GSR measures graduation rates at Division I institutions and includes students transferring into the institutions. The GSR also allows institutions to subtract student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained.

The most recent Graduation Success Rates are based on the four-year entering freshman classes in Division I from 2001-02 through 2004-05. This year’s report marks the ninth year that GSR data has been collected by the NCAA.

University of Miami’s 2012 GSR Percentages

Men’s Diving: 100; Women’s Rowing: 100; Women’s Golf: 100; Women’s Swimming: 100; Women’s Tennis: 100; Volleyball: 100; Football: 94; Men’s Cross Country/Track: 94; Women’s Cross Country/Track: 94; Women’s Basketball: 93; Men’s Tennis: 89; Soccer: 88; Men’s Basketball: 87; Baseball: 80.

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