Broncos Establish Record GSR Scores

Nov. 9, 2017

BOISE, Idaho – Boise State Athletics continued its successes in the classroom, establishing department records in the most recent release of the NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR).

Each year, the NCAA publicly announced the GSR of all Division I institutions. The graduation-rate data are based on a six-year cohort prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education, the most recent version including freshmen scholarship student-athletes that entered college in 2010.

Boise State recorded a school-record GSR of 87 percent in the most recent release of the data. The mark ranked third in the Mountain West, behind Utah State (91) and Air Force (88).

The Broncos’ football program recorded a GSR of 86 percent, ranking 14th nationally amongst Football Bowl Subdivision schools and trailing only Utah State (89) within the conference. The men’s basketball team also recorded a GSR of 86 percent, ranking second in the Mountain West (Colorado State; 93).

The two programs were amongst eight of Boise State’s teams that either tied or established records, a list that also includes women’s golf (100), gymnastics (100), women’s tennis (100), softball (94), soccer (93) and swimming & diving (86).

The women’s golf program has recorded a GSR of 100 percent in each of the last 12 reports, while the women’s tennis program achieved its third-straight perfect score. The Boise State gymnastics team registered its first perfect GSR since 2005.

“We have invested a number of resources into academics, and it’s paying off,” Director of Athletics Curt Apsey said. “These numbers are improving due to increased use and access to summer school, additional academic services staff, stability within our coaching staffs and recruiting student-athletes that are prepared for success in college. I’m extremely proud of what we are accomplishing within athletics at Boise State, and impressed by the efforts of our academic team.”

The Division I Board of Directors created the GSR in response to Division I college and university presidents who wanted data that more accurately reflected the mobility of college students than the federal graduation rate. The federal rate counts any student who leaves a school as an academic failure, no matter whether he or she enrolls at another school. Also, the federal rate does not recognize students who enter school as transfer students.

The GSR formula removes from the rate student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible and includes student-athletes who transfer to a school after initially enrolling elsewhere. This calculation makes it a more complete and accurate look at student-athlete success.

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