College athletes are graduating at an all-time high rate, the NCAA said today.
Eighty-two percent of athletes in the 2006-07 freshman class earned a diploma within six years, up 1 percentage point from the 2005-06 class. That matched a record.
Graduation rates over the four-year measure, which covers freshmen who entered school between 2003-04 and 2006-07, hit 81 percent, also a 1 percentage point increase and another record, the NCAA said.
I took the liberty to include the graduation rates for the ENTIRE SPORTS PROGRAMS of all Division 1 schools in Georgia. If you want to see where a specific division of your school’s sports program ranks, you can do so here. The GSRs for Georgia’s Div. 1 sports programs rank as follows:
Mercer University = 89%
Georgia State University = 86% GSR
University of Georgia = 83% GSR
Georgia Institute of Technology = 79% GSR
Kennesaw State University = 78% GSR
Georgia Southern University = 64% GSR
Savannah State University = 43% GSR
“More student-athletes than ever before are earning their college degrees, and we are gratified to see our reform efforts impact the lives of those we serve,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “We have even higher expectations for the future, but we are proud of the progress we have made.”