USF athletics posts 86-percent Graduation Success Rate
USF announced Tuesday its student-athletes posted an 86-percent overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR), marking the third consecutive year the school has equaled or exceeded the previous year's score.
The Bulls' previous GSR-record score (83 percent) was posted in 2014 and '15. Seven sports, including football, matched or exceeded a program-record score.
The national average for Division I universities is 75 percent.
"I am so proud of our student-athletes, coaches and academic-services staff who continue to pursue success in the classroom with as much pride and passion as we do on the fields and courts of athletic competition,” Bulls athletic director Mark Harlan said in a USF release.
"The total student-athlete experience and the pursuit of excellence continues to be at the heart of our mission and cannot be achieved without a complete team effort."
GSR data, based on a six-year cohort prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to show the proportion of student-athletes on any given team who earn a college degree.
The most recent data is based on percentage of student-athletes who entered college in 2009 who earned a degree. Both the GSR and Academic Progress Rate (APR) account for the academic outcomes of student-athletes who transfer from one institution to another.
The football program's 82-percent GSR -- 8 percent higher than the national average for D-I football programs -- marked an improvement for the fourth consecutive year. Four other men's sports (tennis, track and field, golf and basketball) also posted better GSRs than the previous year.
Four women's sports (softball, tennis, volleyball, golf) posted perfect 100-percent scores. All seven Bulls women's programs scored 90 or better.
USF graduated 81 student-athletes in 2015-16, and posted a record overall department GPA of 3.085.