CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina’s Graduation Success Rate is 86 percent – five percentage points higher than the national average. The NCAA released its most recent GSR figures on Thursday.
The current GSR is based on athletes who entered as freshmen between the 2003-04 and 2006-07 academic years. Athletes are given six years to graduate, and those who transfer or leave school in good academic standing don’t count against a team’s GSR.
Ten UNC teams have a GSR of 100 percent: men’s and women’s fencing, field hocky, women’s golf, gymnastics, rowing, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s tennis and volleyball.
Here’s UNC’s GSR score by sport, along with the federal graduation rate in each sport. In the federal rate, transfers and early departures count against the score.
|Men's cross country/track||85||71|
|Women's cross country/track||95||75|
And some statements, released by UNC …
From athletic director Bubba Cunningham: “We want every student to graduate from Carolina and today’s results indicate that our student-athletes are working hard toward reaching that goal. There’s always room to improve and we are working closely with the provost, the Academic Support Program and faculty to develop outstanding strategies in all the areas that touch our students’ academic lives to help them reach those goals.”
From Michelle Brown, director of academic support for athletes: “The release of the Graduation Success Rates is an opportunity for us to acknowledge and celebrate the academic achievements of our student-athletes. We take great pride in their academic success and our University is committed to supporting them in those endeavors.”