NCAA News Release
Liberty Athletics finished the 2016-17 season with an 87 percent student-athlete graduation success rate, the highest recorded mark in department history.
Liberty's student-athlete graduation success rate (GSR) has seen an increase each of the last five years and six out of the last seven years, improving from a 69 percent rate in 2009-10.
Liberty's student-athlete graduation success rate the last seven seasons: 2009-10 (69 percent), 2010-11 (70 percent), 2011-12 (74 percent), 2012-13 (71 percent), 2013-14 (78 percent), 2014-15 (80 percent), 2015-16 (81 percent) and 2016-17 (87 percent).
"We are grateful and excited about Liberty student-athletes performing at such a high level in the classroom," said Liberty Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "Liberty Athletics' strong academic performance as measured by the graduation success rate is a credit to the dedication of our student-athletes, academic commitment of our coaches and outstanding work of Kristie Beitz and the Academic Affairs for Athletics staff. Moreover, Liberty's faculty play a vital role in the academic development of our student-athletes and are to be commended for their excellent work."
Additionally, 17 of Liberty's 20 NCAA Division I athletics program have a graduation rate of 75 percent or higher. Liberty's student-athlete graduation success rate matches the graduation rate NCAA's national average (87 percent).
Ten of Liberty's 20 athletics programs currently hold a 100 percent student-athlete graduation success rate and all four of Liberty's revenue sports hold a 75 percent or higher GSR: football (75 percent), men's basketball (92 percent), women's basketball (93 percent) and baseball (85 percent).
The Graduation Rates Institution Report gives graduation information about the most recent six-year graduating class of students and student-athletes who entered as freshmen in 2010-11. The graduation rate (percent) is based on a comparison of the number of students who entered a college or university and the number of those who graduated within six years.
The NCAA membership asked the NCAA in the early 2000s to develop a measure of student-athlete graduation success that more accurately reflects modern-day patterns of student enrollment and transfer. As a result, the NCAA created the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for Division I and the Academic Success Rate (ASR) for Division II.
The NCAA GSR differs from the federal calculation in two important ways. First, the GSR holds colleges accountable for those student-athletes who transfer into their school. Second, the GSR does not penalize colleges whose student-athletes transfer in good academic standing. Essentially, those student-athletes are moved into another college's cohort.