The NCAA's annual study of institutions nationwide revealed that Purdue student-athletes on the West Lafayette campus entering from 2007-08 through 2010-11 earned a graduation success rate (GSR) of 84 percent, the same as a year ago. The GSR provides a more complete and accurate look at actual student-athlete success by taking into account the full variety of participants in Division I athletics and tracking their academic outcomes. This data measures the percentage of student-athletes who entered college on institutional aid (whether athletics-based aid or otherwise) between those years and graduated within six years.
Auburn female student-athletes posted a 91 percent graduation success rate, while the men had a GSR of 74 percent.
"The success that our student-athletes are seeing in the classroom is a testament to the type of student-athletes our coaches are recruiting", director of athletics Tim Leonard said in a statement.
Eleven Terps teams had a GSR above 80 percent, with field hockey, women's golf, gymnastics and volleyball along with women's basketball posting ideal scores.
By counting incoming transfer students and mid-year enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by approximately 37 percent. The Academic Progress Rate (APR) is released each spring and focuses on athletes' eligibility during four-year and single-year periods.
Utah State's football program has a GSR of 89 percent to lead the Mountain West and is also first among the other football programs in the state of Utah, ahead of Utah (83), Southern Utah (67), Weber State (66) and BYU (52). Baseball, men's track and field, soccer and softball, meanwhile, all held steady or improved their GSR scores.
The latest GSR cohort includes student-athletes that enrolled at Georgia Tech from 2007-10. Under the calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing students who leave in good academic standing. Twelve of Clemson's 14 sports eclipsed the national average for NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools. The football, baseball and men's basketball programs were all above the national average with baseball, men's swimming and diving, women's track, women's soccer, women's swimming and diving, women's basketball and gymnastics all scoring 90 or above.