SACRAMENTO STATE STUDENT-ATHLETES RECORD HIGHEST GRADUATION RATE IN SCHOOL HISTORY

SACRAMENTO STATE STUDENT-ATHLETES RECORD HIGHEST GRADUATION RATE IN SCHOOL HISTORY

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State student-athletes posted their highest Graduation Success Rate in school history, it was announced today by the NCAA. The most recent data measures students who entered college between 2006-09 and graduated within six years.

The Graduation Success Rate (GSR) adds to the first-time freshmen those students who enter midyear, as well as those who transfer in and receive athletics aid. In addition, the GSR subtracts students who are allowable exclusions (i.e., those who either die, become permanently disabled, those who leave the school to join the armed forces or attend a church mission), as well as those who leave the institution prior to graduation, had athletics eligibility left and would have been academically eligible to compete had they returned.

The overall GSR of the athletic department was 77 which continued an upswing in scores moving from 72 to 73 to 75 in the last three years. The mark also places Hornet student-athletes roughly 20 percent higher than the general student body on campus.

"We are pleased with the fact our academic numbers continue to trend upward, but we will not be satisfied until we graduate all our student-athletes in the Sacramento State athletics program," Director of Athletics Bill Macriss said. "Our holistic focus on student well-being, coupled with the continued great work of our Student Athlete Resource Center, will help us continue to make improvements in this area.
 
"The recently-added academic space in the Athletics Center has been utilized by our students both day and night and their long hours of study are a testament to their desire to succeed academically."

Women's tennis and volleyball led the way with perfect 100 scores for Sacramento State. Women's track (97), gymnastics (91), women's soccer (89), women's basketball (87) and softball (86) completed the top five scoring teams. The highest men's GSR came from basketball which recorded a 79. Baseball 77), football (75) and men's golf (75) were close behind.

The NCAA also released data for four-class averages and the Federal Graduation Rate. Sacramento State also scored all-time bests in the Div. I era with a four-class average of 62 percent and a FGR of 67 percent.