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Liberty's Graduation Success Rate Climbs to a New All-Time Best

October 16, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty's Graduation Success Rate Climbs to a New All-Time Best

Liberty's student-athletes continue to graduate at a record pace as recognized by the NCAA, earlier today.

The NCAA announced the department's newest graduation success rate is 88 percent, accounting for the highest recorded marks in department history.

Liberty's student-athlete graduation success rate (GSR) has seen an increase or matched its previous year's total each of the last seven years and eight out of the last nine years, improving from a 69 percent rate in 2009-10.

Liberty's student-athlete graduation success rate the last nine 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), 2016-17 (87 percent), 2017-18 (87 percent) and 2018-18 (88 percent).

"We are grateful that Liberty student-athletes continue to perform at such a high level in the classroom," said Liberty Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "Liberty Athletics' record-setting academic performance 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, 19 of Liberty's 20 NCAA Division I athletics program have a graduation rate of 80 percent or higher. Liberty's student-athlete graduation success rate was one percentage point behind the graduation rate NCAA's national average (89 percent), which finished at an all-time high this year.  

Six of Liberty's 20 athletics programs currently hold a 100 percent student-athlete graduation success rate. Additionally, three of Liberty's four revenue sports hold a 90 percent or higher GSR: men's basketball (92 percent), women's basketball (93 percent) and baseball (92 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 2012-13. 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.