Utah State's Graduation Success Rate Within The Athletics Department Stands At 82 Percent
Oct. 15, 2008
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's Graduation Success Rate (GSR), the now four-year old metric to identify how student-athletes graduate, stands at 82 percent it was announced by the NCAA national office on Tuesday.
The rate, which is five percentage points higher than last year's rate of 77 percent, is a four-year average encompassing the 1998-2001 classes. USU's GSR is the not only the highest in the Western Athletic Conference, but ranks first among every institution in the state of Utah.
"We're very proud of our student-athletes in persisting to graduation," said USU associate athletics director for student services Dr. Brian Evans. "Earning their degree is the ultimate goal and doing so at a rate (82%) that is the highest in the WAC as well as among our Utah peer institutions is quite an accomplishment."
The GSR was devised to be a more precise indicator of how institutions graduate students. It takes into account student-athletes who transferred to an institution and graduated, and discounts student-athletes who transfer away from an institution.
The federal graduation rates, the metric commonly used prior to the GSR, does not count transfer students to an institution who graduate, and any student who transfers from an institution counts against that institution. Utah State's federal graduation rates four-year average is 58 percent.