The academic success of Wright State University student-athletes has soared to new heights. A new set of data on the Graduation Success Rates (GSR) of Division I athletics programs was released yesterday by the NCAA and Wright State’s 88 percent is its highest overall since the NCAA began tracking GSR with the class of student-athletes who entered in 1995.
Not only did WSU post its highest GSR in school history, but Wright State has also posted above the 86 percent national average, had the second highest GSR in the Horizon League as well as the second highest amongst Division I public institutions in the state of Ohio.
Wright State had seven teams finish above the national average for their respective sports. WSU women’s tennis led the way with a perfect 100 percent GSR while baseball (96), men’s soccer (93), women’s cross country/track (93), men’s cross country (88), men’s golf (86) and men’s basketball (83) all followed suit.
“These numbers are a testament to our commitment to the personal development of our student-athletes,” said Trevor Doll, Associate Athletics Director for Internal Operations. “I would personally like to thank Assistant Athletics Director for Academic Services Judy Chivers and her team for their relentless efforts in supporting all of our student-athletes.”
The GSR is an NCAA measurement that, unlike the federally mandated graduation rates, includes transfer data in the calculation. The GSR data released yesterday is based on four classes of scholarship student-athletes who entered college in the fall of 2006 to the fall of 2009.
The GSR allows for a six-year window in which the student-athlete can earn their degree. Although the GSR includes student-athletes who transferred to Wright State, it does not count student-athletes who transferred to another school and were academically eligible at the time of their transfer.