Dec. 6, 2011
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- The West Coast Conference once again performed well above the national average and among the top in the country in the latest graduation success and federal graduation rates released recently by the NCAA. In addition, 46 WCC teams had a perfect 100% GSR during the recent tracking period, compiled for the four-class average of student-athletes that entered their schools from 2001-04.
"A common bond connecting our institutions is the dedication to succeed at the highest level both academically and athletically," said West Coast Conference Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "Congratulations to all of our institutions and student-athletes on achieving GSR numbers that further emphasize this shared value system."
In all, the West Coast Conference outperformed the NCAA average graduation success rate (GSR) in all 13 WCC-sponsored sports. The average WCC team GSR was 90.1%, compared to the national average of 82.7% in WCC-sponsored sports. In the sport of men's basketball, WCC teams posted a GSR of 80.11%, besting the national average of 66.0%. Over the last three years, the WCC men's basketball GSR has risen more than 15%.
All nine WCC schools scored above 80 percent in graduation success rates, putting the entire conference at or near the top of the NCAA leaderboards. In West Coast Conference-sponsored sports, Saint Mary's College led WCC institutions with a 96.5% graduation success rate. The Gaels were followed closely by Santa Clara University (95.0%), Gonzaga University (94.6%), the University of San Diego (93.6%), and Pepperdine University (93.4%). Loyola Marymount University (87.3%), the University of Portland (86.4%), the University of San Francisco (82.3%), and Brigham Young University (81.8%) all consistently outperformed the national average.
Seven West Coast Conference men's cross country teams and six of nine women's tennis teams posted a perfect 100% graduation success rate. Five women's cross country teams and five women's soccer teams also tallied a 100% GSR. Four teams in the sports of women's tennis, women's rowing, women's volleyball, and men's golf also registered a perfect GSR during the reporting period.
The NCAA four-year graduation rate of 80 percent marked a new high for Division I athletics, and the single-year GSR for student-athletes who began college in 2004 is 82 percent, also a new high.
The graduation-rates report provides information about two groups of students at a college or university: (1) all undergraduate students who were enrolled in a full-time program of studies for a degree, and (2) student-athletes who received athletics aid from the college or university for any period of time during their entering year. The class that entered in 2001 is the most recent graduating class for which the required six years of information is available.
The graduation success rate differs from the federal graduation-rate formula in that it factors in transfer students who graduate, and does not penalize schools for losing transfers who leave in good academic standing.Over the last three reporting periods, eight West Coast Conference sports have improved their GSR annually: men's basketball, men's cross country, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's tennis, and women's volleyball.
For full NCAA data for all schools, conferences, sports and years, click here .