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Irish Insights


Notre Dame leads nation in GSR

Notre Dame had 20 of 22 teams post Graduation Success Rate figures of 100 percent, putting the university at No. 1 on a percentage basis of all NCAA FBS schools, the university announced Thursday.

None of the FBS programs in the country had a higher percentage of 100 GSR scores than Notre Dame with its .909

Notre Dame was second among FBS schools with nine perfect scores in the federal graduation rate analysis.

The Irish had 11 women's programs – basketball, cross country/track, fencing, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, softball, swimming/diving, tennis and volleyball – earn 100 percent in the GSR, and 10 men's teams – baseball, basketball, cross country/track, fencing, golf, hockey, soccer, swimming/diving and tennis – with perfect GSR scores.

The Irish football team tied for third with Boston College with a 94, trailing Northwestern's 97 and Rice's 95.

Notre Dame led the nation in GSR for all student-athletes with a 99, male student-athletes with a 98, female student-athletes with a 100 and black student-athletes with a 96.

The Irish are third in the four-year federal formula in graduating all student-athletes with an 88, behind Stanford's 93 and Northwestern's 89.

Notre Dame graduated 93 percent of all women competing in varsity athletics, to rank second among its peer institutions based on the federal calculations (behind Stanford at 96). Among men, Notre Dame's 84 percent federal rate was third (behind Stanford at 90 and Northwestern at 88). Notre Dame graduated 79 percent of its black student-athletes, ranking fifth based on the federal rate, and Irish football players graduated at a 75 percent rate, to rank ninth.

In the federal calculations, the Notre Dame men's fencing, men's golf, men's hockey, men's tennis, women's rowing, women's golf, women's lacrosse, women's tennis and women's volleyball had perfect 100 scores.

The GSR data show the percentage of student-athletes earning a degree within six years. The NCAA developed the GSR to account for transfer student-athletes, midyear enrollees and others not tracked by the federal graduation rate. The GSR captures about 37 percent more students than the federal rate, resulting in a more accurate assessment of the academic success of student-athletes.

However, the federal rate provides the only method by which student-athletes can be compared with the general student body. College and university presidents had asked the NCAA to develop a new methodology that takes into account the mobility among students in today's higher education environment. Research indicates that approximately 60 percent of all new bachelor's degree recipients are attending more than one undergraduate institution during their collegiate careers.

The 2013 GSR numbers are based on entering classes from 2003 to 2006.

The GSR is separate from the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate, which uses a series of formulas related to student-athlete retention and eligibility to measure the academic performance of all participants who receive a grant-in-aid on every team at every NCAA Division I college and university.