LOGAN -- Utah State's graduation success rate (GSR), the now 7-year-old metric to identify how student-athletes graduate, stands at 84 percent, it was announced by the NCAA national office Tuesday. The rate is a four-year average encompassing the 2001-04 classes.
Among Utah State's 16 NCAA sponsored sports, two have a 100 percent GSR, including softball and men's basketball.
Among Utah State’s 16 NCAA sponsored sports, two have a 100 percent GSR, including softball and men’s basketball — which have achieved that metric for four straight years. Other USU sports that excelled within the GSR framework were women’s basketball and soccer, which both have GSRs of 94 and 91 percent, respectively. No Utah State team has less than a 75 percent graduation success rate.
"We're very proud of our student-athletes in persisting to graduation," said USU associate athletics director for student services Brian Evans. "Earning their degree is the ultimate goal, and doing so at a rate of 84 percent is something we can all be proud of."
The graduation success rate is based on a comparison of the number of student-athletes who entered college and the number of those who graduated within six years of initial enrollment. The GSR subtracts student-athletes who depart for allowable exclusions (e.g. official church missions), as well as those who transfer but would have been academically eligible to compete had they returned to the institution.
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University.