October 25, 2012

Islanders Have Strong Showing in Latest NCAA Graduation Rates

CORPUS CHRISTI – The NCAA released statistics for the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) on Thursday, Oct. 25, and these findings reveal a 77 percent graduation success rate overall for student-athletes at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. The Islanders’ GSR was the highest overall among Southland Conference schools for the second consecutive year.

This marks the sixth consecutive year that the Islanders have posted a GSR of 75 percent or higher. These GSR data are based on student-athletes who entered college as freshmen between 2002-2005 and allow for the removal of those individuals who left the Island University in good academic standing prior to completing their eligibility.

“We’re proud that we have consistently performed well in the NCAA’s GSR statistics,” Director of Athletics Scott Lazenby said. “The GSR is a strong tool to measure the success of our student-athletes in the classroom. Our student-athletes have repeatedly shown a dedication to furthering themselves academically, and we’re so pleased to see them move on to life outside of college athletics having received a great education at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.”

The GSR is the NCAA's more inclusive calculation of student-athlete academic success. The NCAA rate is more accurate than the federally mandated methodology because it includes incoming transfers and students enrolling in the spring semester who receive athletic aid and graduate and deletes from the calculation student-athletes who leave an institution and were academically eligible to compete.

This is the 22nd release of institutional graduation rates since national "right-to-know" legislation was passed in 1990. In 2005, the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance implemented the initial release of the team GSR data.

The Islanders women’s golf team earned a GSR of 100 percent, while men’s track and field/cross country also had the highest mark in the conference at 80 percent. Other teams with a GSR above 80 percent include men’s tennis (88), softball (83), baseball (82), volleyball (82), women’s basketball (80) and women’s tennis (80). The student-athletes at the Island University also eclipsed the general student body’s graduation rate both for those entering the school in 2005-06 and over the four-year period ending that school year.