Redbird Student-Athletes Beat National Average, Again
Oct. 26, 2011
NORMAL, Ill. - For the third-consecutive year, Illinois State student-athletes' have achieved a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) that exceeds the national average, according to data released by the NCAA. Illinois State's overall GSR is 85 percent, compared with the Division I average of 80 percent.
"We have always taken tremendous pride in the academic outcomes of our Redbird student-athletes and graduation is the ultimate goal," said ISU Associate Athletics Director for Compliance Cindy Harris. "Year in and year out our student-athletes achieve in the classroom and post high numbers on graduation rate and NCAA APR. This is a credit to our student-athletes, coaches, academic support staff and ISU's faculty."
The NCAA has used the GSR to measure Division I student-athletes and is considered a more accurate measure of the federal graduate. The GSR metric includes transfer students and mid-year enrollees and excludes those student-athletes who transfer out but leave academically eligible. GSR is calculated for each sport on an annual basis and allows six years for graduation.
Seven Redbird programs, including men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, women's basketball, softball, and volleyball, marked perfect GSR scores of 100 percent. All of ISU's teams either met or exceeded the national GSR average for their respective sport.
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