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West Coast Conference Once Again Excels in NCAA Graduation Success Rates Report

Nov. 4, 2010

SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- The West Coast Conference once again performed well above the national averages in the NCAA's annual publication of Graduation Success Rates (GSR). The conference also continues to show GSR improvement across the board as eight sports, including men's basketball, men's soccer, women's soccer and women's volleyball, increased their GSR's for the third consecutive year.

"A common bond that connects our institutions is their dedication to succeed at the highest level both academically and athletically," West Coast Conference Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich said. "We would like to congratulate all of our institutions and student-athletes on achieving GSR numbers that further emphasize this shared value system."

Overall, the WCC average GSR was 86.5 percent, compared to the NCAA overall GSR average of 79.0 percent. A total of 37 West Coast Conference teams - 22 men and 15 women - had a 100% GSR, while 40 of the 50 women's programs and 37 of the 47 men's programs had a GPR higher than the national average for their sport. The conference's men's and women's cross country programs each had six teams at 100 percent, while men's golf and women's rowing had four each and women's golf, women's rowing, women's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis and women's volleyball had three apiece.

The eight West Coast Conference men's basketball programs had an average GSR of 74.25 percent, nearly 10 percentage points higher than the national average of 65.00. Overall, the West Coast Conference's men's basketball GSR has improved by over 10 percent since 2008.

The GSR's released this year are based on the four entering freshmen classes in Division I from 2000-01 through 2003-04. This year marks the eighth year that GSR data has been collected. The NCAA began collecting data with the entering freshman class of 1995.

The GSR measures graduation rates at Division I institutions and includes students transferring into the institutions. The GSR also allows institutions to subtract student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained. Under the GSR calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. Those transfers are instead passed on to their receiving institution's GSR cohort.