Dec. 9, 2009
The NCAA recently published its annual Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report, and the West Coast Conference member institutions once again exemplified the balance between student and athlete as the WCC outperformed the NCAA average in every conference-sponsored sport.
"I would like to congratulate our WCC student-athletes, coaches and administrators for producing these impressive GSR numbers which are indicative of the dedication to academic success which is core to the value systems of our member institutions," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "Our campuses strive to execute on the ideal that athletic achievement and academic success are not mutually exclusive and these results are proof of our progress."
Overall, the WCC average GSR was 88.77 percent, compared to the NCAA overall GSR average of 79.0 percent, with 41 WCC teams (26 women's and 15 men's) having a perfect 100 percent GSR. This is an improvement from last year where the WCC average was 81.77 percent. The WCC also improved on the men's side as 13 men's teams finished at 100 percent last year.
Of the 48 women's teams, 42 had a GSR over 80 percent, while 38 of the 47 men's teams were over 70 percent. In addition, seven of the eight schools had at least five sport programs finish with a 100 percent GSR. Across the league, cross-country had the best overall GSR, with seven women's and six men's teams finishing at 100 percent.
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.
The most recent GSR's are based on the four entering freshmen classes in Division I from 1999-2000 through 2002-2003. This year marks the seventh year that GSR data has been collected. The NCAA began collecting data with the entering freshman class of 1995.