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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Boston College Scores High on NCAA Graduation Success Rates

Boston College scored high on the new NCAA Graduation Success Rates, which were released yesterday. The rates, which measure entering classes from 1995-1998, reveal that student-athletes nationwide are graduating at a rate of 76%. The GSR formula factors in the numbers of students who transfer into and out of schools.

A quick analysis of the Boston College numbers reveals that BC graduates its student-athletes at or above the average rate on a sport-by-sport basis in all sports measured. In football, BC graduated its students nearly 25 percentage points higher than the national average for the sport.

BC's success in the highly-anticipated GSR should come as no surprise; the school's commitment to student-athlete success has been previously noted anecdotally, and BC has achieved substantive success in other measured areas, as discussed here and here.

Read more about the general data release at the Double-A-Zone.

UPDATE: The Eagle in Atlanta weighs in on the GSRs, arguing that they are all but irrelevant because much of the data is based on student-athletes who began school in 1995.
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