Perfection, Steady Improvement Highlights A-Sun in GSR Report

Thursday, October 24, 2013

MACON, Ga. – The NCAA has released its annual Graduation Success Rate (GSR) reports and the Atlantic Sun Conference numbers continue to rise as its member institutions boast multiple reports equal to or above the record-high national averages.

The single-year GSR for student-athletes who began college in 2006 is 82 percent, a point up from the 2005 cohort and equal to highest rate ever.

There are many highlights for the Atlantic Sun, including the fact that for the second-consecutive year, the A-Sun is one of only two Division I conferences from which every women’s tennis team recorded a perfect 100 score.

More than 60 percent of Atlantic Sun teams met or exceeded the national average and 30 A-Sun programs boasted 100 percent scores. The number of A-Sun teams earning postseason slots who equaled or exceeded the national average also grew, along with the number of perfect scores from those participants.

“The release of these benchmarks has become an annual bragging opportunity for college athletics and the Atlantic Sun Conference. To see the national GSR figures hit a record-high at 82%, and to know the level to which the A-Sun exceeds that high-water mark, this is a news story that should be trumpeted from every corner. We take great pride in our commitment to Building Winners for Life, and this data supports the great results that are evident across the A-Sun and the NCAA. Congratulations to all our A-Sun student-athletes and the faculty, coaches, and staff who support them – well done!”

A-Sun GSR Highlights:
  • A total of 51 A-Sun postseason participants equaled or scored above the GSR national average, including a total of 26 perfect scores contributed from men’s golf, men’s tennis, men’s cross country/track, women’s basketball, women’s golf, softball, women’s soccer, women’s tennis, women’s cross country/track and volleyball.
  • Nine A-Sun Champions scored higher than the national average, with three of those posting perfect scores.
  • Every A-Sun women’s tennis team recorded a perfect 100 GSR score for the second consecutive year, making the A-Sun one of only two Division I conferences nationwide to do so.
  • For the fifth-consecutive year, all 10 A-Sun women’s volleyball teams posted a GSR equal to or higher than the national standard, with four posting perfect scores.
  • In 11 sports (the NCAA groups Indoor Track & Field, Outdoor Track & Field, and Cross Country as one sport for GSR data), the A-Sun had at least one team post a perfect score for the third-consecutive year.
  • Seven of eight women’s golf teams met or exceeded the national average and five posted perfect scores for the second-consecutive year.
  • Nine of the 13 A-Sun sponsored sports in the report had 50 percent or more of its teams score better than the national average of 82.
  • Seventy-five percent of the A-Sun women’s teams scored better than the GSR national average. Additionally, 60 percent of A-Sun women’s teams met or exceeded their sport-specific GSR; in every case the sport-specific mark exceeded the national average.

“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.”

For the full NCAA GSR release, visit www.ncaa.org.

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The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun footprint reaches into seven of the top media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, Northern Kentucky University, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.