The NCAA on Wednesday released its Graduation Success Report (GSR) for schools across the country.
It found that at Georgia Tech, the student-athlete graduation rates continue to rise.
The NCAA based its findings off the graduation rates of student-athletes who enrolled in the academic year 2003-04, and determined the percentage of athletes who graduated from that class, along with informaiton from the three previous years. Combined, that figure tallied the GSR.
Georgia Tech's latest GSR rate was 75 percent. Thanks in large part to the 2003-04 class (won't tell you what year I enrolled in college... let's just say folks who were entering colleges that year were a bright bunch), which had a record-high 82 percent graduation rate, the Institute was able to reach 75 percent mark.
In the previous GSR data, Georgia Tech's four-year average (from 2000-01 school years to 2003-04) hovered between 70 and 71 percent.
For the 2003-04 enrolling class nationally, the federal rate (which includes non-student-athletes), was 59 percent.
"Graduating our student-athletes is a top priority for all of us here. To see our overall scores trending upward is very encouraging," Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich said in a news release. "Once again, it's a tribute to our student-athlets, coaches and staff.
"At the same time, we will continue to strive to raise our numbers each and every year."
Three of Georgia Tech's 13 sports had 100 percent GSR's during the four-year average (men's golf, men's tennis, women's swimming and diving).
Georgia Tech's football team ranked higher than the federal average for football programs. Nationally, the four-year rate was 42 percent for football. The Yellow Jackets' GSR was 49 percent. Men's basketball also trended higher than the national four-year average, which was 33 percent. The Yellow Jackets hoopsters graduate at a 36 percent average over that four-year span.
Here is a table showing the four-year average graduation rates for each of the Yellow Jackets' athletic programs. (Table taken from ramblinwreck.com)
2000 - 2003 Cohorts: Georgia Tech
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