Oct. 30, 2008
The University of Cincinnati football team recently received 2008 American Football Coaches Association Academic Achievement honorable mention accolades for its recent Graduation Success Rate of over 90 percent for the entering class of 2001.
The award is given based on the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate formula, which measures the academic success of student-athletes on a six-year graduation window.
UC was one of seven programs nationally, including Colorado, Duke, Navy, Notre Dame, Rutgers, and Vanderbilt to achieve over the 90 percent plateau. Forty-six programs across the country graduated 70 percent or more of their football student-athletes.
The GSR is based on a six-year graduation window for student-athletes which is a change from the five-year window used by the CFA and AFCA. The GSR was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees.
Under GSR calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. These outgoing transfers are passed to the receiving institution's GSR cohort. By counting incoming transfer students and midyear enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by more than 37 percent. The NCAA also calculates the federal graduation rate for student-athletes because it is the only rate by which to compare student-athletes to the general student body.