Oct. 24, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - The NCAA released Thursday the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) date for the 2003-06 six-year cohort, as part of the annual academic performance program.
The Auburn Athletics' graduation success rate was 75 percent for all student-athletes in that cohort, and the federal graduation rate was 65 percent. The overall Auburn University federal graduation rate is 68 percent.
"We are very proud of the student-athletes who came to Auburn University, competed at the highest level athletically, and left Auburn with a diploma in hand," Senior Associate Athletics Director for Academic Services Dr. Gary Waters said. "With that being said, until we have a perfect GSR, we have work to do."
The GSR for Auburn's male student-athletes is 68 percent, while the female rate is 84 percent. Additionally, the GSR for African-American male students is 60 percent and the women's rate for the same demographic is 83 percent. The overall GSR for African-American student-athletes is 67 percent.
"The numbers we are seeing today are very comparable to the past five years where we have fluctuated between 74 and 77 percent in our graduation success rates," Waters said.
GRADUATION SUCCESS RATE: The GSR begins with the federal cohort, and adds transfer students, mid-year enrollees, and non-scholarship students (in specified cases) to the sample. Student-athletes who leave an institution while in good academic standing before exhausting athletics eligibility are removed from the cohort of their initial institution. This rate provides a more complete and accurate look at actual student-athlete success by taking into account the full variety of participants in Division I athletics and tracking their academic outcomes.
FEDERAL GRADUATION RATE:The FGR assesses only first-time full-time freshmen in a given cohort and only counts them as academic successes if they graduate from their institution of initial enrollment within a six-year period. It makes no accommodation for transfers into or out of an institution. The rate is very limited because it ignores the large number of transfer students in higher education, but it is still the only rate that allows a direct comparison between student-athletes and the general student body.