Oct. 25, 2011
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By Joe Hornstein
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Tuesday, Oct. 25, its Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for student-athletes who first enrolled in school during the 2004 academic year and the University of Central Florida compiled a GSR of 83 percent, three points higher than the 80 percent national average.
UCF Athletics' 83 percent also was an increase from 80 percent in last year's statistics and is a new program-high. Nine UCF programs saw an increase in their GSR from the previous, plus four others remained equal to last year, yet well above their respective sport national averages. Men's golf and women's tennis led UCF with a perfect 100 percent GSR. The 100 percent from women's tennis marked the sixth-straight year that program had a perfect rate.
The GSR of UCF's overall student-athletes is tied for the second highest in the state of Florida amongst Division I institutions with Florida and only behind Miami (89). The next closest was Stetson (82). Within Conference USA, UCF has the third-highest GSR behind Rice (95), Marshall (86) and SMU (84). Southern Miss (81) was the next closest C-USA institution.
The football program finished 12 points above the national average with 79 percent compared to 67 percent nationally among FBS schools. The 79 percent also was a nine point increase from its 70 percent in last year's GSR and is an all-time high for head coach George O'Leary's gridiron Knights. Only Miami (88) had a higher GSR in the state of Florida than UCF. Florida (76) was next closest in the Sunshine State. Within C-USA, only Rice (93) had a higher GSR than UCF for the sport of football. Southern Miss (78) was the next closest C-USA football program.
Other UCF GSR notes of interest:
Baseball (77) was five points higher than the current national average and equal to its GSR last year. The 77 percent the past two years is also a program-high.
Men's basketball increased three points from the previous year to a 59 percent GSR.
Men's golf (100), which was 19 points high than the current national average, also saw an increase of 17 points from its GSR the previous year. The 100 percent is the third-time the program has achieved a perfect score.
Men's soccer increased two points from the previous year to a 70 percent GSR.
Women's basketball (94) was 10 points higher than the current national average and was equal to its GSR the previous year. The 94 percent the past two years is also a program-high.
The three-program combination of indoor and outdoor women's track and field and cross country (86) was one point higher than the current national average and increased three points from its previous GSR.
Rowing (97) was five points higher than then current national average and increased two points from its previous GSR.
Women's golf increased four points from the previous year to a 75 percent GSR.
Women's soccer remained equal to last year with an 84 percent GSR.
Softball (91) was five points higher than then current national average and increased three points from its previous GSR. The 91 percent is also an all-time high.
Women's tennis (100), which was 11 points high than the current national average, has six-straight seasons at 100 percent.
Volleyball (94) was six points higher than the current national average and saw an increase of one point from its GSR the previous year. The 94 percent also was its best finish since the first year the GSR study was compiled.
"We once again did very well across the board and continued to increase the academic achievement of our athletics program," said Keith Tribble, Director of Athletics. "I am very proud of our student-athletes, our coaches and dedicated academic support staff for their efforts year-round. No question the continued commitment from our University in graduating our student-athletes is evident in our annual increases in our GPA, APR, as well as GSR."
"These results are testament to the hard work by our student-athletes, coaches and academic advisors in promoting academic success and achievement," added Kimya Massey, Director of Academic Services for Student-Athletes (ASSA). "This shows that the University of Central Florida is not just maintaining athletics success on the field, but in the classroom as well."