New GSR scores

This probably won’t move the needle any, but I thought I would pass this along. The NCAA released its Graduation Success Rate (GSR) numbers today. This is a reflection of the six-year graduation rates for players who entered college between 2007-10.

A few of the notables from Arkansas:

  • The department graduated a record 80 percent of its athletes. That is a 33 percent increase from when GSR was first calculated in 2005. The previous reporting period was 78 percent.

  • The football program graduated 60 percent of its athletes, also a record. Last year’s rate was 57 percent and the beginning rate was 47 percent.

  • The basketball program graduated 75 percent of its athletes, also a record. Last year’s rate was 60 percent and the all-time program low was 10 percent in the 2013 reporting data.

  • The baseball program graduated 65 percent of its athletes. That is down from past years, including a high of 80 percent in 2014’s data. The 2007-10 enrollees included several players currently in professional baseball who left college early. That no doubt has a negative effect on the percentage because many never came back to finish their degrees.

  • The volleyball, swimming/diving, soccer, women’s golf, men’s tennis and men’s golf teams all had 100 percent rates in the latest reporting period.

Forgetting about the issues surrounding the current football head coach for a moment, that really is good news for all sports. We all should be happy that our student/athletes are excelling in the classroom and in their athletic prowess. The two do not have to be mutually exclusive.

Unfortunately, according to the Baton Rouge paper, our GSR is last in the SEC.

I just saw that, too. From The Advocate:
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Vanderbilt 96
South Carolina 93
Missouri 91
LSU, Mississippi State, Alabama 90
Kentucky, Tennessee 85
Ole Miss 84
Florida, Georgia 83
Auburn 82
Texas A&M 81
Arkansas 80

If our general student population was as high as the athletes, we’d be rolling in the dough under the new higher education funding formula.

It seems that our major problem with the GSR is football and baseball. And as Matt noted, it’s much better than it was a few years ago. We’ve probably been last or close to it all along.

A little more on GSR, including Jeff Long’s thoughts and related bonuses for Anderson and Bielema: http://www.wholehogsports.com/news/2017 … ehind-sec/

[quote=“SwineFusion”]
Unfortunately, according to the Baton Rouge paper, our GSR is last in the SEC.
[/quote]Last in the SEC…are we talking academics or football?