UA releases student-athlete post-grad success rates

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama has produced a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) score of 81, exceeding acceptable standards for completion of undergraduate studies nationally for the period covering student-athletes who attended the University during 2000-03, according to figures released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

"The latest Graduation Success Rate report shows that the academic performance of our student-athletes continues to be solid," said Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore. "I applaud the work of our athletic academic support staff under the leadership of our president and the work of our excellent faculty. It is further evidence of the dedication of our student-athletes and the commitment of our coaches. Our faculty plays a tremendous role in the academic success of our student-athletes. I commend our faculty for consistently doing such an excellent job."

Seven of Alabama's 20 intercollegiate athletic programs in existence at the time – women's golf, women's soccer, women's softball and women's tennis – achieved perfect scores of 100. Nine of Alabama's programs recorded a GSR score of at least 80 with seven of its teams having a GSR score 90 or higher. Overall, 13 teams scored at least 75 or higher. Women's rowing is not included in this survey as it did not become a scholarship sport at UA until 2006.

The Crimson Tide's defending Southeastern Conference Champion softball and women's golf teams both lead the league with perfect GSR scores of 100. Alabama's soccer and women's tennis teams also led the SEC with perfect 100 GSR scores.

The GSR measures graduation rates at Division I institutions and includes transferring into the institutions. The GSR also allows institutions to subtract student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained.

The NCAA GSR and the Academic Success Rate (ASR) were developed in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflected the mobility among college students today. Both rates improve on the federally mandated graduation rate by including students who were omitted from the federal calculation. 

Other Notable Items:

*The Crimson Tide's defending Southeastern Conference Champion softball and women's golf teams both led the league with perfect GSR scores of 100. Alabama's soccer and women's tennis teams also led the SEC with perfect 100 GSR scores.

*The men's basketball team ranked second in the Southeastern Conference behind Vanderbilt with a GSR of 75. The women's cross country and track and field teams also ranked second in the league with a score of 95.

*The football and baseball teams ranked third in the SEC. Football placed only one point behind second place Georgia, with a score of 68, while the baseball team posted a GSR score of 71.

*The University of Alabama ranks first in the SEC and fourth nationally among Division 1A institutions in ESPN the Magazine's latest rankings of Academic All-America selections since 2000:

Most Academic All-America Selections since 2000 (Division 1A)

University of Notre Dame                 90

University of Nebraska                     90

Penn State University                       73

University of Alabama                    53

University of Tennessee                   52

*A total of seven UA student-athletes spanning six sports earned ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America honors in 2009-10, which ranks fourth nationally among the award's University division and tops among SEC schools. Three of Alabama's Academic All-Americans – Colin Peek (football), Charlotte Morgan (softball) and Kassi Price (gymnastics) – earned first-team honors;

*Alabama was the only SEC school in 2009-10 to have a student-athlete earn the NCAA's inaugural Elite 88 award, Alabama saw both gymnast Kassi Price and women's golfer Brooke Pancake earn the award which is given to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average at an NCAA Championship;

*In the NCAA's latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) report, released in June 2010, 15 of UA's varsity athletic teams earned a multi-year APR score higher than the national average.  The Crimson Tide softball team, which won the 2010 Southeastern Conference Championship, received public recognition from the NCAA for its APR score figuring in the top 10 percentile nationally among teams in that sport. Alabama's 2009 National Champion football team achieved a score of 957, a higher mark than the national average for football teams at Football Bowl Subdivision schools (947) and all Division I schools (944). All 21 Crimson Tide teams were once again above the national cutoff standard of 925;

*Alabama student-athletes earned 250 SEC Academic Honor Roll accolades in 2009-10. UA's tally included a league-best 55 student-athletes in winter sports. There were 101 UA student-athletes on the spring list, which ranked second in the conference, and 51 on the fall list. A total of 43 freshmen earned the honor, including a dozen members of Alabama's national champion football team; a total that was tops among UA men's teams and twice as many as any other SEC football program.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama