OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton University student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom as well as on the field, water or court, according to the Division I Graduation Success Rate (GSR) Reports released earlier this week by the NCAA.
Creighton led the Missouri Valley Conference in two categories available for Freshman-Cohort Graduation Rates. The Bluejays led the MVC with a 79 percent Four-Class Average and a 79 percent 2002-03 Graduation Rate. Both figures exceed the rates by the general Creighton student body of 76 percent graduation rate and 76 percent four-class average.
GSR was also included in the data and Creighton's 92 percent Student-Athlete GSR was second in the MVC to Bradley's 93 percent. Creighton had a 100 percent GSR in 10 of its 14 sports, including men's cross country, men's golf, men's tennis, women's basketball, women's cross country, women's crew, women's golf, women's soccer, softball and women's tennis. The GSR reflects the federal graduation rate cohort and adds those student-athletes receiving aid who entered mid-year as well as those who transferred into the institution.
According to the latest NCAA GSR data nationwide, 79 percent of Division I freshmen student-athletes who entered college in 2002 earned their degrees, matching last year's rate. The average GSR for the last four graduating classes nationally is 79 percent, one percentage point higher than last year. Both rates are the highest ever for Division I student-athletes.
The NCAA developed the Graduation Success Rate as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The rate holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The Graduation Success Rate also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.
Under the calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. The outgoing transfers are essentially passed to the receiving institution's Graduation Success Rate cohort.
By counting incoming transfer students and midyear enrollees, the Graduation Success Rate increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by more than 37 percent. The NCAA also calculates the federal graduation rate for student-athletes. It is the only rate by which to compare student-athletes to the general student body.
The most recent Division I Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering freshmen classes from 1999-2000 through 2002-03. More than 102,000 student-athletes are included in the most recent four classes using the GSR methodology, as compared to slightly fewer than 75,000 counted in the federal rate.
COMPARING THE MVC'S FRESHMAN-COHORT GRADUATION RATES