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USF graduation rates rising, but still low



USF's athletic department showed improvement again as another year's Graduation Success Rates were released by the NCAA, and while the Bulls had their second-highest overall score ever, they still have the lowest overall and football scores in the Big East.


The NCAA's newest numbers are somewhat dated, in that they reflect graduation rates for student-athletes who enrolled in 2005; USF has made significant progress in recent years in other academic metrics that reflect more current levels of graduation and retention. USF football, for instance, has reset its all-time highest single-semester grade-point average in each of the last four semesters, and nearly all of the Bulls' current seniors will have graduated by the end of the fall semester.

USF's overall GSR of 75 percent is the second-highest ever for the Bulls, topped only by a 78 percent mark for students who enrolled in 2000; however, that's the lowest overall score in the Big East, just below Pittsburgh and Cincinnati at 78.

USF's football score of 53 percent is tied for the third-lowest among the 66 teams that have been in the six major conferences, with only Oklahoma (47) and California (48) lower and Arizona and Washington matching at 53. USF's football score increased for the second year in a row, up from a low of 46 percent for athletes who enrolled in 2003, but well below its previous high of 66 percent for athletes who enrolled in 1999.

In the state of Florida, USF's scores rank in the bottom half of football and overall scores -- the football score ranks fifth of the seven I-A programs, while the overall score ranks eighth out of 13 Division I programs.

USF's men's basketball GSR was impressively high at 88 percent, a mark that ranks fourth out of 16 Big East programs, topped only by perfect scores from Notre Dame, Villanova and West Virginia.

USF's highest-scoring teams were women's basketball and softball, both at 100 percent, followed by women's soccer (96), women's golf (92) and men's golf (90). The three lowest scoring teams were men's soccer (66), baseball (56) and football (53).

Fans can check out a searchable database of NCAA GSR rates for all schools in all years by visiting here.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 25, 2012 7:29pm]


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