Hawkeyes Shine in Annual Graduation Report

Oct. 30, 2010

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Four University of Iowa teams scoring a perfect 100, the baseball team besting the national average by 25 points and the UI football establishing a program high were some of the highlights of the NCAA’s annual Graduation Success Rate report released earlier this week.

The UI’s women’s basketball, field hockey, golf and women’s gymnastics programs all received perfect scores of 100 in the GSR, the NCAA’s measure of academic success. The perfect score by Larissa Libby’s gymnastics squad marked the fifth straight year of perfection for the Hawkeyes. It was the second straight perfect score for Lisa Bluder’s women’s basketball program.

The Iowa baseball team’s GSR of 95 was 25 points better than the national average for NCAA Division I baseball programs (70). And, the GSR of 79 registered by the Iowa football program was 12 points higher than the national average for its peer group (67) and an all-time high for the program.

The Hawkeyes’ GSR also compared very favorably with other teams ranked in this week’s Bowl Championship Series standings. Iowa, the No. 18 team in that elite list, ranked third behind Stanford (GSR of 86 percent, 13th in this week’s BCS) and Miami, Fla. (81 and 22, respectively).

Iowa’s cumulative GSR – the average for all 24 sports at the UI – was 84, a mark that bested the national average by five points.

“As always, the credit goes first to our student-athletes for their commitment to the academic piece of their experience at the University of Iowa.”
Gary Barta
Director of Athletics

“As always, the credit goes first to our student-athletes for their commitment to the academic piece of their experience at the University of Iowa,” said Gary Barta, the UI’s director of athletics.

“Then, of course, our coaching staff and our academic support staff need to be commended for their contributions and hard work. We take seriously our commitment to the academic success of our student-athletes at the UI and this report reflects that commitment.”

The NCAA uses its own formula to calculate the graduation success rates of Division I athletes. The figures are different from the graduation rates calculated by the U.S. Department of Education. Both provide students a six-year window to graduate. However, the NCAA does not penalize institutions when student-athletes transfer to other colleges, as long as they depart in good academic standing.

In addition, the NCAA’s GSR calculation subtracts students who are considered allowable exclusions (those who either die or become permanently disabled, those who leave the school to join the armed forces, foreign services or attend a church mission), as well as those who would have been academically eligible to compete had they returned to the institution.

2010 NCAA Graduation Success Rates
GSR for student-athletes who enrolled in fall 2003

Iowa National
UI Athletics Department 84 79
Baseball 95 70
Men’s Basketball 55 65
Women’s Basketball 100 83
Men’s Cross Country/Track 80 74
Women’s Cross Country/Track 76 85
Football 79 67
Field Hockey 100 93
Men’s Golf 57 81
Women’s Golf 100 88
Men’s Gymnastics 88 87
Women’s Gymnastic 100 93
Rowing 93 92
Women’s Soccer 88 89
Softball 95 91
Men’s Swimming/Diving 77 85
Women’s Swimming/Diving 95 91
Men’s Tennis 86 84
Volleyball 78 88
Wrestling 63 72

Note regarding the women’s tennis program at the UI: Consistent with NCAA practice per the Student Right-to-Know Act, any time a category of student-athletes containing cohort numbers includes only one or two student-athletes, the data in that category is suppressed so that no individual can be identified.