October 25, 2011

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Shows Well in NCAA's GSR Report

CORPUS CHRISTI – The NCAA released statistics for the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) on Tuesday, Oct. 25, and these findings reveal a 76 percent graduation success rate for student-athletes at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. The Islanders’ GSR was the highest overall GSR among Southland Conference schools.

This marks the fifth consecutive year that the Islanders have posted a GSR of 75 percent or higher. These GSR data are based on student-athletes who entered college as freshmen between 2001-2004 and allow for the removal of those individuals who left the Island University in good academic standing prior to completing their eligibility.

“We’re pleased that our student-athletes have continued to work hard toward earning their degrees while also pursuing athletic excellence,” Interim Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby said. “The GSR is a very strong tool to measure the success of our student-athletes in the classroom. I’m proud that we have continued to show a dedication to the development of well-rounded young men and women while they attend Texas A&M – Corpus Christi and as they move on to the professional world.”

The GSR is the NCAA's more inclusive calculation of student-athlete academic success. The NCAA rate is more accurate than the federally mandated methodology because it includes incoming transfers and students enrolling in the spring semester who receive athletic aid and graduate and deletes from the calculation student-athletes who leave an institution and were academically eligible to compete.

This is the 21st release of institutional graduation rates since national "right-to-know" legislation was passed in 1990. In 2005, the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance implemented the initial release of the team GSR data.

The Islanders women’s golf team earned a GSR of 100 percent, while men’s track and field/cross country also had the highest mark in the conference at 80 percent. Other teams with a GSR above 80 percent include men’s tennis (88), women’s tennis (83), softball (85) and volleyball (91). The student-athletes at the Island University also eclipsed the general student body’s graduation rate both for those entering the school in 2004-05 and over the four-year period ending that school year.