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Liberty Student-Athletes Continue to Graduate at All-Time High Rate

November 18, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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In a year where Liberty Athletics is experiencing unprecedented success on the field, Liberty’s student-athletes are following the effort in the classroom.

In a year where Liberty Athletics is experiencing unprecedented success on the field, Liberty's student-athletes are following the effort in the classroom.

In a year where Liberty Athletics is experiencing unprecedented success on the field, Liberty's student-athletes are following the effort in the classroom.

The NCAA released has released its annual graduation success rate (GSR) information which revealed Liberty's student-athletes are graduating at an 88 percent rate.

This is the second year in a row Liberty's GSR was listed at an 88 percent rate, matching the department's all-time highest ranking set last year.

Liberty's student-athlete graduation success rate (GSR) has seen an increase or matched its previous year's total each of the last eight years and nine out of the last 10 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), 2018-19 (88 percent) and 2019-20 (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."

Liberty's Academic Affairs for Athletics staff is the "team behind the team" that supports Liberty student-athletes. The group spends countless hours walking alongside Liberty's  student-athletes, helping them balance all aspects of the life while pursuing their path toward a degree that will allow them to be successful following college.

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 two percentage points behind the graduation rate NCAA's national average (90 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 (field hockey, men's golf, men's tennis, volleyball, women's basketball and women's tennis).

Three of Liberty's four revenue sports hold a 90 percent or higher GSR: men's basketball (91 percent), women's basketball (100 percent) and baseball (97 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 2013-14. 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.