Mocs Graduation Rate Continues to Improve For Student Athletes


( The University of Tennessee Athletics Department saw its Graduation Success Rate climb three points to 84% with the most recent cohort released by the NCAA today.  This is the sixth consecutive year the Mocs have seen an increase in their graduation rates among student-athletes.

Since 2012, Chattanooga’s GSR has increased 34 points from 50%.  Leading the way for the Mocs this year are men’s golf and volleyball, who both had 100% GSRs.

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Softball (94), women’s track & cross country (92), Soccer (91), men’s tennis (91) and men’s track & cross country (90) are all over 90%.  Data released today reflect graduation numbers among student-athletes who entered school in 2011.

“The success of our student-athletes in the classroom is one of the crown jewels of our athletics program,” stated Vice Chancellor & Director of Athletics Mark Wharton.  “They achieve at a high level and get outstanding support from our coaches and support staff.  Our goal has been, and will continue to be, a 100% graduation rate, and we are certainly moving in that direction.”

The Graduation Success Rate was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately measure the success of Division I student-athletes.
• The GSR takes into account the many different academic paths followed by today’s college students.
• Unlike the federal graduation rate, the GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.
• By counting incoming transfer students and midyear enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by approximately 37 percent.
• Under the GSR calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. These outgoing transfers are essentially passed to the receiving institution’s GSR cohort.
• The NCAA also calculates the federal graduation rate for student-athletes, because it is the only rate to compare student-athletes to the general student body.
• This year marks the 17th year of GSR data that have been collected. The NCAA began collecting GSR data with the entering freshman class of 1995. The latest entering class for which data are available is 2011.

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