Oct. 25, 2011

NCAA.org: Defining Graduate Success Rate
NCAA.org: Grad Rates Top 80 Percent

– The University of Miami continues to take strides in academic progress, raising the bar yet again in Graduation Success Rates (GSR).

The NCAA announced the Graduation Success Rates (GSR) for all member institutions on Tuesday and Miami established a new athletics department-wide record with a GSR of 89 percent, up from the previous year’s record-breaking 86 percent.

“Due to the remarkable commitment and effort of our student-athletes and the support they receive from our faculty, the administration, the coaches and our academic support division, we continue to celebrate their educational achievements,” said David Wyman, Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services.  “We are striving to not only sustain our growth but to improve on our performance every year.”

Those numbers are also up from 82 percent in 2009 and the previous high of 83 percent in 2007. The Athletics Department has exceeded the NCAA average for GSR in each of the last seven years.

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Overall, the department has improved from 77 to 89 percent from 2005 to 2011.

Four UM teams posted perfect 100 percent GSR marks, led by women’s golf and men’s diving with seven consecutive perfect marks.  Women’s tennis has recorded four-straight 100 percent ratings while volleyball improved seven percentage points from 2010 to earn 100 percent.

Rowing and women’s swimming and diving each set team GSR record highs with 96 percent and 93 percent, respectively.

In the past six years, women’s tennis has made the most improvement, starting at 71 percent and currently earning perfect marks. Football has improved 21 points (67 to 88 percent) while women’s swimming and diving is up 11 marks (82 to 93 percent).

The best year-to-year improvement goes to men’s basketball, who improved nine points from 73 to 82 percent over the past year.

All of UM’s 2011 GSR percentages are listed below.
Women’s golf, 100
Men’s diving, 100
Women’s tennis, 100
Volleyball, 100
Rowing, 96
Men’s track and field/cross country, 94
Women’s basketball, 94
Women’s swimming and diving, 93
Soccer, 91
Women’s track and field/cross country, 89
Football, 88
Men’s basketball, 82
Men’s tennis, 75
Baseball, 60