Duke, UNC, NC State excel in latest NCAA graduation rate figures

acarter@newsobserver.comOctober 24, 2013 

Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State rank above the national average in the NCAA’s latest Graduation Success Rate figures, which were released Thursday. Duke’s overall GSR for student-athletes is 98 percent, which exceeds the national average of 81 percent.

UNC’s GSR is 86 percent, while N.C. State’s is 82 percent. Wake Forest’s GSR is 94 percent, and East Carolina’s is 77 percent.

The figures are based on the graduation rates of athletes who entered school between the 2003-04 and 2006-07 academic years. The NCAA developed the GSR to measure the academic success of athletes. This is the 12th year the NCAA has released GSR figures, which began with athletes who enrolled as freshman in 1995.

Among the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC, ACC schools fared well in the GSR. Nine of the conference’s 14 football teams received a GSR above 70 percent, which is the national average for FBS schools. No other power conference had more than nine football teams with a GSR greater than70 percent.

Eleven of the ACC’s 15 men’s basketball teams received a GSR of more than 70 percent, which is also the Division I national average for the sport. No other power conference had more than six.

At Duke, 17 teams earned a GSR of 100 percent – including the men’s basketball team. UNC had 10 meet the 100-percent mark. UNC’s men’s basketball team earned a GSR of 90 percent, and its football team a GSR of 65 percent.

Four teams at N.C. State received a GSR of 100 percent. N.C. State men’s basketball team received a GSR 89 percent, and its football team had a 64 percent GSR. Duke’s football team received a GSR of 92 percent.

The GSR doesn’t include athletes who transfer and leave in good academic standing.

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