Nebraska Student-Athletes Graduating at Successful Rate

By: Courtesy: UNL Media Relations
By: Courtesy: UNL Media Relations
  • In the recently released Graduation Success Rate (GSR), several of Nebraska’s teams ranked near the top of the Big 12. Seven of Nebraska’s 11 women’s sports achieved GSR scores of 90 percent or better, while five men’s programs scored at 67 percent or better.
  • Nebraska’s men’s basketball team ranked second in the conference at 82 percent, while the football team was fourth among Big 12 schools at 68 percent. Overall, Nebraska had an institutional GSR score of 73 percent. The Graduation Success Rate is an NCAA measurement that, unlike the federally mandated rates, includes transfer data in the calculation. The GSR scores allow a six-year window in which student-athletes can earn their degrees.
  • Nebraska also continues to be among the nation’s best in exhausted eligibility rate at an impressive 95 percent rate. The exhausted eligibility rate surveys the graduation rate of scholarship athletes in 10 incoming freshmen classes who have completed their eligibility at Nebraska.
  • Six members of the Big 12 North Division Champion Nebraska football team have played the entire 2010 season after completing their undergraduate work. Another nine members of the 23-man senior class are on track to pick up their degree at UNL Commencement exercises on Dec. 18.

Nebraska student-athletes continue to score at or near the top of the Big 12 Conference in numerous reports utilized by the NCAA to measure graduation rates.

Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne said Wednesday he wanted to point out several of Nebraska’s academic highlights in response to a press release by the Platte Institute for Economic Research in conjunction with the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. The report was critical of the academic success of the overall student body at both the University of Nebraska and University of Oklahoma.

“I was disappointed in the Platte Institute releasing information that, in my opinion, was very misleading,” Osborne said. “Most graduation rates are based on a six-year window rather than the four-year period that this report highlights. Our UNL student body as a whole graduates at a much higher rate when using the six-year federal rate. And our student-athletes have consistently performed at a high level when compared to their conference peers and on a national level.”

The full report indicates that UNL’s six-year graduation rate for all students is 63 percent, bettering the national average of less than 58 percent.

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