ATHENS, Ohio -- In graduation data released by the NCAA today, Ohio student-athletes have a four-class average (2008-12) of 88 percent in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR), and, in the 2011-12 cohort, have a Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) or 74 percent. Ohio's GSR of 88 percent is the highest the university's athletics department has ever achieved.
"Having our highest ever Graduation Success Rate is very important to us," said Ohio Director of Athletics Jim Schaus. "It indicates that academics is of the highest priority and that graduating student-athletes matters. Many thanks to our outstanding academic staff, student-athletes, coaches and campus faculty for their important contribution to this success."
The student-athlete graduation rate calculated directly based on IPEDS-GRS (which is the methodology the U.S. Department of Education requires) is the proportion of first-year, full-time student-athletes who entered a school on athletics aid and graduated from that institution within six years. This federal rate does not account for students who transfer from their original institution and graduate elsewhere; they are considered non-graduates at both the college they left and the one from which they eventually graduate.
NCAA members, particularly presidents and chancellors, asked the NCAA in the early 2000s to develop a measure of student-athlete graduation success that more accurately reflects modern-day patterns of student enrollment and transfer. As a result, the NCAA created the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for Division I.
The NCAA GSR differs from the federal calculation in two important ways. First, the GSR holds colleges accountable for those student-athletes who transfer into their school. Second, the GSR does not penalize colleges whose student-athletes transfer in good academic standing. Essentially, those student-athletes are moved into another college's cohort.
Ohio student-athletes are pursuing 111 different majors and 19 different minors. Thirteen of Ohio's 16 teams recorded a 2017 fall term 3.0 GPA or higher, with 273 student-athletes earning a fall term GPA of 3.0 or higher. The 2018 spring term saw 15 teams earn an accumulated 3.0 GPA or higher, with 119 student-athletes earning a 3.5 GPA or higher.
Earlier this fall, the Perry and Sandy Sook Academic Center opened, which provides a dedicated study and instructional support for more than 425 student-athletes and group project collaboration with student peers across campus.