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Academically, another banner year for Bulls



For the second year in a row, USF has proven its most effective uniform combination is the cap and gown.

The Bulls athletic department announced Thursday it has posted a collective 83-percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR), matching the school record established last year. Nine Bulls teams, including football (74 percent), matched or eclipsed the record for their respective programs.

“This is a team effort," athletic director Mark Harlan said in a USF news release. "I am very proud of our coaches and Academic Services staff that work so hard and are committed to our student-athletes reaching their goals and dreams both within athletic competition and beyond it.”

The GSR, based on a six-year cohort designed by the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to show the proportion of student-athletes on any given team who earn a degree. The 2015 numbers represent scholarship student-athletes over a six-year period starting with freshmen that entered college in 2008.

Both the GSR and Academic Success Rate (APR) account for student-athletes who transfer from one school to another. Nine Bulls teams posted record APR scores in May.

USF's collective GSR is eight percentage points higher than the national average for Division I-A schools. Additionally, its rates for African-American (75 percent) and Hispanic (89) student-athletes both exceed national averages, according to the school.

Three women's programs -- basketball, softball and tennis -- posted perfect GSR scores of 100.

Listed below are the Bulls teams who achieved record-setting or record-tying GSR scores:

Women's Basketball (100)
Softball (100)
Women's Tennis (100)
Men's Soccer (95)
Volleyball (92)
Men's Track/Cross Country (83)
Men's Tennis (80)
Football (74)

[Last modified: Thursday, November 5, 2015 4:38pm]


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