Oct. 14, 2008
BOSTON - The Boston University Department of Athletics achieved an overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 95 percent and had a department-record 10 varsity teams record a perfect 100 percent GSR, according to data released by the NCAA. It was the second consecutive cohort in which Terrier Athletics achieved a 95 percent GSR.
Men's and women's basketball, field hockey, women's golf, women's rowing, women's soccer, women's softball, men's and women's swimming and women's tennis all earned perfect scores. Five additional programs - men's crew, men's and women's cross country and track and field, women's lacrosse, wrestling - each had GSR scores of at least 90 percent. Men's ice hockey earned a GSR of 80 percent.
"Congratulations to all of those whose dedication earned Terrier Athletics this impressive academic achievement," Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch said. "These figures are the by-product of tireless effort by our student-athletes, as well as our coaches and administrators, especially those in Student-Athlete Support Services. We earmarked academic success as one of our department's top priorities in our Strategic Vision document, and specified 95 percent as our GSR goal. This announcement reinforces not only our pride in our current successes but also our potential for further advancement in this area."
This year's overall GSR data represents an aggregate average of the incoming classes from 1998-99, 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02. The team scores reflect an aggregate average of that particular team's incoming students from the same time period.
GSR scores for seventeen sports were reported for BU's 23 varsity teams. Cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field are compiled as one sport per gender, and women's ice hockey did not have a GSR because it did not become a varsity program until 2005-06.
The GSR was developed to provide graduation data of student-athletes who receive athletics aid at Division I institutions more accurately than the federal rates that had been calculated based solely on freshmen matriculation. It includes in its calculation students who transfer into institutions, and subtracts those who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained. The GSR credits a school for students who graduate within six years of entering their institution.
A GSR is compiled only for athletic departments, and not for entire student bodies. The federal graduation rate allows for a four-year window and neither includes those who transfer in nor excludes those who transfer out. Per the federal graduation rate during the same cohort, 79 percent of the general Boston University student body graduated from BU, whereas 82 percent of all Terrier student-athletes earned their BU degrees.
The overall GSR for all Division I student-athletes for this time period was 78 percent. More information about the GSR report is available at the NCAA's official website, www.ncaa.org. Additional information about BU Athletics is available at the official website for the Department of Athletics, GoTerriers.com.