INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA today released the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for each Division I athletic program and the results were again positive for Bowling Green State University. Falcon athletes have an 82 percent GSR, tied for third in the Mid-American Conference and above the national average of 80 percent.
Four of Bowling Green's teams have a perfect 100 percent GSR and they are hockey, women's golf, women's tennis, and volleyball. Thirteen of the Falcons' 16 sports represented have a GSR at or above their sport's national average.
"This annual release of data continues to confirm what holds true as our standard expectation," Mark Shook, Associate Athletics Director for Compliance and Student-Athlete Services, said. "We expect our student-athletes to compete in the classroom, as well as on the playing field, and to graduate in higher numbers than our peer Division I institutions. All BGSU fans can be proud of the fact that we make every effort to recruit and retain the best students and the best athletes possible."
The four sports with a perfect 100 percent GSR are all tied for the highest rank among conference schools. Men's cross country/track and field and women's cross country/track and field are both third in the MAC, while football and women's basketball are fourth. Women's soccer is fifth to also rank in the top half of the league for their GSR rate.
In addition, the overall grade point average for BGSU student-athletes reached a record 3.11 for all 18 sports at the conclusion of the spring 2012 term.
The Graduation Success Rate was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately measure the success of Division I student-athletes and it takes into account the many different academic paths followed by today's college students. Unlike the federal graduation rate, the GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.
The GSR data released by the NCAA today is based on the four entering freshmen classes in Division I from 2002-03 through 2005-06 and measures graduation within a six-year time frame. The national figure accounts for nearly 105,000 student-athletes.