NCAA announces latest Graduation Success Rate data
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The NCAA announced the latest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report data Thursday afternoon as well as Federal Graduation Rate information for student-athletes who entered Lehigh in the 2005-06 academic year. The data shows that Lehigh continues to graduate student-athletes at rates that are higher than national averages and at least as high as the rates for all Lehigh students.
The GSR differs from the federal graduation rate in that the GSR factors in transfer students who do graduate, and does not penalize schools for losing transfers who leave in good academic standing.
Ten of Lehigh’s varsity sport programs earned a perfect 100-percent graduation rate for the current report year, including: men’s golf, men’s swimming and diving, women’s rowing, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, softball, women’s soccer, women’s swimming and diving, women’s tennis and volleyball.
Lehigh’s four-year federal graduation rate continues to rank well above the national average for both student-athletes and the general student population. Lehigh’s Graduation Success Rate also ranks well above national averages.
Each spring, the NCAA releases a separate set of data, called the Academic Progress Rate (APR), which measures both academic performance and retention. Each program receives an APR score, with teams falling under a certain threshold subject to penalties such as loss of scholarships and postseason bans. The top 10 percent in each sport receive APR Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA. Back in June ten Lehigh programs were honored, marking the fifth straight year in which ten or more Lehigh programs were honored.