SEATTLE - University of Washington student-athletes graduate at a rate that ranks among the best in the nation according to figures released today by the NCAA. The single-year Graduation Success Rate for student-athletes who began college in 2006 is 81 percent. The NCAA also registered a collective 82 percent, equalling their highest mark to date.
“I am pleased to see that our graduation rates remain high,” Scott Woodward, UW’s director of athletics said. “The consistency in our GSR numbers is a testament to both our hard-working student-athletes and the staff who work tirelessly to promote the importance of balancing academics and athletics.”
Twelve Husky programs either improved or retained their rates from the GSR data released in 2012, with only four programs dropping.
The Husky men’s tennis, women’s golf and volleyball programs all registered a perfect 100 percent, while UW’s football program charted a 74 percent rate, which ranks third in the Pac-12 conference. The Husky women’s basketball program charted 93 percent, while UW’s women’s crew and women’s soccer programs charted 92 percent, and women’s track scored 90.
A complete and searchable Graduation Rates Report is available online, at www.ncaa.org.
ABOUT THE NCAA’s GRADUATION SUCCESS RATE:
The NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) is designed to show the proportion of student-athletes on any given team who earn a college degree. The NCAA has imposed a new set of academic standards that seeks to hold teams and institutions accountable for how well a student-athlete progresses toward a degree.
The GSR was developed in response to colleges and universities who asked for an alternative rate that more accurately reflects the movement among college student-athletes. The GSR takes into account incoming transfers who graduate from a different institution than the one they started at and transfers who leave an institution in good standing.