Nebraska continues to be a national leader in graduation rates.
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NU Teams Score Well in Graduation Success Rate

By NU Athletic Communications
Five Nebraska teams ranked at the top of the Big Ten Conference in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report released on Tuesday by the NCAA.

Five of Nebraska's 11 women's sports achieved perfect GSR scores of 100 percent-basketball, golf, softball, tennis and volleyball. Those teams all led or tied for the lead in the Big Ten Conference in GSR scores. In addition, the women's soccer program topped 90 percent in the GSR with a 92 percent rate.

On the men's side, six teams scored at a 67 percent or better GSR score, including football, basketball, golf, cross country/track, gymnastics and tennis. Coach Doc Sadler's men's basketball team compiled a 75 percent GSR score and Coach Bo Pelini's football team achieved a 67 percent rate, placing both programs in the upper half of the Big Ten Conference in their respective sports.

Pelini has made academic performance in the football program a priority. The cumulative team grade-point average is above 3.0, its highest mark ever. Among Nebraska's 21-player 2011 senior class, 14 are on track to graduate by the end of the fall semester, and all 21 are scheduled to graduate by next August.

The Graduation Success Rate is an NCAA measurement that, unlike the federally mandated graduation rates, includes transfer data in the calculation. This marks the sixth year the NCAA has released GSR rates.

The GSR scores released on Tuesday are based on four classes of scholarship student-athletes who entered college from the fall of 2001 to the fall of 2004. They allow a six-year window in which student-athletes can earn their degree. Although GSR scores include student-athletes who transferred to Nebraska, they do not count student-athletes who transferred to another school and were academically eligible at the time of their transfer.

Nebraska also continues to boast an impressive 95 percent exhausted eligibility graduation rate. Although the NCAA no longer computes the Exhausted Eligibility Graduation Rate, the University of Nebraska continues to make graduating all student-athletes who compete for the Huskers a focus.

The exhausted eligibility rate surveys the graduation rate of scholarship student-athletes in 10 incoming freshman classes who complete their eligibility at the university. Nebraska's exhausted eligibility rate has improved 23 percentage points since the rate was first calculated in 1991-92.

Nebraska's exhausted eligibility rate includes members of the incoming classes from 1995-96 through 2004-05. During that period, 408 of the 428 Nebraska scholarship student-athletes who completed their eligibility earned their degrees.


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