Illini Tie School Record Graduation Success Rate
Oct. 24, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - In graduation data released by the NCAA Thursday, Illinois student-athletes in the 2006-07 cohort have a graduation success rate (GSR) of 90 percent and a Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) of 77 percent, which both rank as the highest totals in school history. Illinois' overall GSR of 90 percent ties the school record set by the 1998 cohort and ranks as the second-best GSR in the Big Ten behind only Northwestern (97 percent). The FGR of 77 percent is up three points from last year, which previously had been the top mark in the nine years of data.
Six Illini teams posted perfect GSR scores for the cohort that entered from 2003-06: men's basketball, men's golf, men's gymnastics, women's golf, women's gymnastics and soccer. Soccer, women's golf and women's gymnastics have recorded perfect GSR scores of 100 in all nine years of data provided by the NCAA. This marks the third-straight year that men's basketball and men's gymnastics have posted a perfect 100 GSR, while men's golf did so for the second year in a row.
The GSR includes all athletically-aided student-athletes, including transfers, but subtracts those student-athletes that leave the institution eligible. The FGR assesses only first-time full-time freshmen in a given cohort and only counts them as academic successes if they graduate from their institution of initial enrollment within a six-year period.
Division I student-athletes who entered college in 2006 earned their degrees at a rate of 82 percent, the highest ever. The overall federal graduation rate for student-athletes remained steady at 65 percent.
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