Nov. 14, 2013
New Orleans - The NCAA released its annual Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for the 2006-07 freshman class and Tulane University scored very well during the measured years, producing an 87-percent mark for its student-athletes, according to the latest data released today from the NCAA.
Division I student-athletes who entered college in 2006 earned their degrees at a rate of 82 percent, the highest ever, but Tulane's overall score was five points better than the national overall rate. Leading the way for the Green Wave was the men's basketball and cross country teams and the women's volleyball squad, each of who registered 100 percent scores.
"This result has long become a staple of our core values for Tulane student-athletes," Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson said. "The three cornerstones of Tulane Athletics are: excellence in scholarship, sport and service. The credit for this success goes to our academic services center for student-athletes, our coaching staffs and most of all our student-athletes for accomplishing this great feat."
With its perfect score, the men's basketball team was 30 points higher than the national four-year average, while cross county/track was 24 points better. The TU women's volleyball team, meanwhile, was 11 percent higher than the national average.
The Tulane baseball and football teams were each stellar in their respective arenas. The Wave baseball squad produced a 94 GSR, which was 20 points higher than the four-year average, while the TU football squad registered an 82 GSR and was 12 points better than the national average.
Along with the volleyball team, Tulane's women's squads also notched strong showings. The Green Wave swimming & diving team chalked up a 93 GSR and was two points ahead of the national four-year average, while women's basketball came in with a 92 GSR, which were seven-points above the national average.
Finally, TU's women's cross country/track & field squad was right on par with the national four-year average of 85 percent.
The most recent one-year graduation figures are bolstered by football student-athletes competing in the Football Bowl Subdivision, who earned a 71 percent Graduation Success Rate, and African-American men's basketball players, who graduated at a 68 percent rate - the highest ever for those groups. Each group gained one percentage point over the class that entered college in 2005.
"More student-athletes than ever before are earning their college degrees, and we are gratified to see our reform efforts impact the lives of those we serve," NCAA President Mark Emmert said. "We have even higher expectations for the future, but we are proud of the progress we have made."
Measured also as a four-year metric, the GSR for the most recent four graduating classes of all Division I student-athletes (entering college between 2003-2006) climbed to 81 percent. That figure is an all-time high for the NCAA, Emmert noted. Most demographic groups posted similar year-to-year rates, with the exception of African-American females who increased their GSR by two percentage points to 78 percent.
More than 1,800 student-athletes who entered college in 2006 graduated within six years than otherwise would have otherwise had the GSR remained at the level it was for the 1995 cohort. Over the last 12 years, that means 11,388 more graduates due to the increase in the GSR.
The NCAA's GSR includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing, unlike the federal graduation rate, which does not count transfers. The GSR and federal rate calculations measure graduation over six years from first-time college enrollment.
The latest data show that Division I student-athletes who entered college in 2006 equaled their highest federal graduation rate of 65 percent - 1 percentage point higher than the general student body at Division I institutions.