Sacred Heart University had eight programs earn a perfect score of 100 in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) announced Wednesday by the NCAA. The Pioneers increased the department GSR to 88, a point over the national Graduation Success Rate which is 87.
Women's Bowling, Women's Crew, Field Hockey, Men's Golf, Women's Ice Hockey, Women's Soccer, Softball and Women's Tennis all had a perfect score in the 2007-10 Cohorts. Over the past three years SHU has earned 26 perfect scores.
In addition, 29 of the Pioneer programs that were rated achieved a GSR equal to or above the federal rate for their respective sports. Eight teams exceed the federal rate by more than 20 points, led by men's lacrosse, at plus-28 and both women's swimming & diving and fencing at plus-26. The Pioneer football and men's soccer team are both 27 percentage points over the federal rate, while women's volleyball (+22), women's lacrosse (+21) and women's cross country and track & field (+20) also were 20 or more percentage points over the federal rate.
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, 68 percent of Division I freshmen scholarship student-athletes who entered college in 2007 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: 22,632 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.