10/25/2012 02:14 PM
BATON ROUGE – For the second straight year, LSU posted the second highest graduation
rate in the Southeastern Conference in the sport of football according to the NCAA’s
Graduation Success Rate data that was released on Thursday, Oct. 25, and LSU’s overall
student-athlete mark reached an all-time high.
LSU’s highest ranked team was women’s basketball, which was tied with six other schools
at the top of the SEC with a perfect Graduation Success Rate, or GSR, of 100. It is
the second year in a row women’s basketball scored 100 in the GSR.
LSU football’s GSR of 77 trails only Vanderbilt’s mark of 85 in the SEC. The only
other SEC football programs with GSR scores above 70 are Alabama and Florida at 75
LSU’s overall student-athlete GSR mark is 80, the highest mark for LSU since the GSR was introduced in 2005. It represents a two point increase over last year and an 11 point increase since 2008.
“We strive to have programs that perform at the highest level both in competition
and in the classroom, and the performance of our student-athletes exemplifies the
accomplishment of that goal,” said Joe Alleva, vice chancellor and director of athletics.
“The hard work of our student-athletes along with the leadership our coaches, the
dedication of our academic support staff and the work of the faculty and staff at
LSU have made it possible to strike that important balance of athletics and academic
LSU football’s score of 77 is well above the national mark of 68 for all Football
Bowl Subdivision schools. The NCAA began reporting the GSR in 2006, and the LSU football
program has shown improvement with each year’s report, going from 51 in 2006 and 2007
to 54 in 2008, 60 in 2009, 67 in 2010 and 77 each of the last two years.
Also finishing high in the SEC was the men’s swimming and diving program, which tied
for second with a score of 90. Other LSU sports with scores of 75 or above were volleyball
at 92, gymnastics at 91, women’s golf at 89, women’s swimming and diving and women’s
tennis at 88, softball at 83, women’s track & field at 79, men’s tennis at 78 and
soccer at 76.
The largest increase in scores over the previous year were posted in the sports of
men’s swimming & diving with an improvement of 16 points from 74 in 2011 to 90 in
2012, and baseball, which improved from 60 in 2011 to 70 in 2012.
“Graduation is a team effort, and we are fortunate to have such a dedicated team whose
priority is to graduate our student-athletes,” said Kenneth Miles, assistant vice
chancellor and executive director of the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.
“This includes our CCACSA’s staff, Academic Affairs, faculty and staff, coaches, and
the athletic administration. We are fortunate to work with such a conscientious team
as we strive to be the premiere academic resource for LSU student-athletes.”
The NCAA developed the Graduation Success Rate to more accurately assess the academic
success of student-athletes. The rate holds institutions accountable for transfer
students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees
and is calculated for every sport.
Under the calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students
who leave in good academic standing. The outgoing transfers are included in the receiving
institution’s GSR cohort.
The most recent Division I Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering classes from 2002-2003 through 2005-06. The NCAA began compiling these figures with the entering freshmen class of 1995.
Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012