Sacred Heart University had nine programs earn a perfect score of 100 in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) announced Wednesday by the NCAA. The Pioneers boast a department GSR of 87 for freshmen entering in 2005, above the national average.
SHU student-athletes exceeded the general student population in several categories as well, including a 12 percent hire graduation rate in the 2009-10 cohort.
Each year, the NCAA publicly announces the Graduation Success Rate of all Division I institutions, along with a similar Division II Academic Success Rate. According to the most recent Graduation Success Rate data, percent of Division I freshmen scholarship student-athletes ho entered college in 2005 earned a degree. The graduation-rate data are based on a six-year cohort prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education.
The NCAA developed the Division I Graduation Success Rate in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflect the mobility among all college students today. NCAA leaders emphasized the direct human impact that academic reforms have made over the past 15 years: 19,496 more student-athletes have graduated from college than would have if the GSR had remained at 74 percent. That was the rate for the class that entered in 1995, the first year for the new measure.
Both the Graduation Success Rate and the Academic Success Rate account for the academic outcomes of student-athletes who transfer from one institution to another. The rate compiled using the federal government's methodology does not count transfers in and counts transfers out as graduation failures. Regardless of which rate is used, student-athletes are shown to graduate at a higher rate than their peers in the general student body.