Baylor Athletics Leads Big 12 in Graduation Rate

Oct. 25, 2012

WACO, Texas - For the sixth time in the Big 12 Conference's 16-year history, Baylor University has produced the league's top overall student-athlete graduation rate, as its 2012 federal rate of 71 percent tied the University of Texas for league honors. It marked the first time since 2004 that BU student-athletes had the Big 12's top federal graduation mark and the ninth time the school has finished either first or second in graduation rates among league schools.

"We are proud to once again be at the top of the Big 12's federal graduation rates survey," said Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. "This success continues to be a credit to the dedication of our student-athletes, academic commitment of our coaches and the outstanding work of the student-athlete services staff. Moreover, Baylor's faculty members play a key role in the academic success of our student-athletes and are to be commended for the outstanding job they do in the classroom."

Baylor, which also registered the Big 12's top federal graduation mark in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2004, has graduated at least 60 percent of its student-athletes in 13 of the Big 12's 16 years. The 2012 federal graduation data also revealed that Baylor graduated a league-high 87 percent of its female student-athletes, and that its baseball (54 percent), men's basketball (75 percent) and women's volleyball (90 percent) programs tallied the top marks among Big 12 schools in their respective sports.

Along with the federal graduation rates, the NCAA also released its Graduation Success Rate (GSR) scores, and Baylor's 2012 GSR composite score of 82 was a 3-point improvement over its 2011 mark and marked the fourth consecutive year its overall GSR score increased. BU's 2012 mark was also 2 points better than the Division I national average of 80.

TCU produced a league-high GSR score of 87, followed by Kansas (85), West Virginia (83), Baylor (82), Iowa State (80), Kansas State (77), Oklahoma State (77), Texas (76), Texas Tech (73) and Oklahoma (72). Baylor has finished either first or second among Big 12 schools in composite GSR score five times in the last seven years. Baylor again produced the Big 12's top female student-athlete GSR mark with a 2012 score of 97, while its male student-athlete score of 71 tied Oklahoma State for fourth behind TCU (83), West Virginia (77) and Kansas (75).

BU's 2012 female GSR score was a 3-point improvement over its 2011 mark, and some 9 points better than the 2012 Division I average (88), while its male GSR score of 71 made a 7-point jump from a year ago and was just under the national average (74). Baylor, TCU, Kansas and West Virginia were the only league schools to have both their male and female GSR scores rank among the top four in the Big 12.

In eight sports where the GSR was measured by the NCAA, Baylor teams met or exceeded the national GSR threshold in their particular sport for all Division I institutions. Baylor produced league-leading GSR scores in seven sports---men's golf (100), men's tennis (100), women's track & field/cross country (100), women's soccer (100), softball (100), women's volleyball (100) and baseball (90), while the 2012 national champion Lady Bear women's basketball program's GSR mark of 91 exceeded the national GSR score in that sport, too.

The NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) was developed 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 students who leave in good academic standing. The outgoing transfers are included in the receiving institution's GSR cohort. By counting incoming transfer students and mid-year enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes traced for gradation by 38 percent, according to the NCAA.

The most recent Division I Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering classes from 2002-2003 through 2005-06. More than 110,000 student-athletes are included in the most recent four classes using the GSR methodology, as compared to about 79,500 in the federal rate. The NCAA began compiling these figures with the entering freshmen class of 1995.

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