College athletes continue to graduate at an all-time high, according to the NCAA’s newest report.
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The Graduation Success Rate scores, released Thursday, show 82 percent of athletes who entered school in the fall of 2006 earned a diploma within six years. That’s up one percentage point from last year, tying the record high.
The four-year graduation rate covering freshmen classes from 2003 through 2006 also increased by one percentage point to 81 percent.
The NCAA offers no penalties or rewards for Graduation Success Rate scores, which do not include the performance of transfers at their new schools. The numbers are different from the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rates, which can affect scholarship numbers if programs score too low.
Kansas, Missouri and UMKC athletes posted above-average GSR scores, each school at 84 percent. The KU men’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, softball and women’s tennis teams posted perfect graduation rates. MU’s men’s and women’s golf, women’s gymnastics and swimming and softball programs had perfect rates. UMKC’s women’s golf and volleyball teams were also perfect.
Kansas State’s athletes had a 77 percent GSR. The women’s basketball and men’s and women’s golf teams had perfect rates.