Oct. 25, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee athletics department announced Friday a graduation success rate (GSR) of 75 percent for student-athletes who entered the university from 2003-04 through 2006-07, a two percent increase over the last cohort's rate of 73 percent (for student-athletes who entered from 2002-03 through 2005-06).
Three Tennessee teams reported a GSR of 100, including women's basketball, softball, and volleyball. Nine programs improved their rates from a year ago, including men's basketball (55% to 60%), football (58% to 64%), men's golf (78% to 80%), men's tennis (63% to 71%), men's cross country/track and field (70% to 73%), rowing (88% to 92%), soccer (79% to 80%), softball (90% to 100%), and women's swimming and diving (92% to 95%). Including the 100% graduation rates for women's basketball and volleyball, five programs maintained their rates, with the others being baseball (50%), women's golf (83%), and women's tennis (86%).
The 100 percent rates for women's basketball, softball, and volleyball all ranked tied for first in the Southeastern Conference in their respective sports.
"We are proud of the collective work by our student-athletes in the classroom, and their development as students and people is paramount to achieving our mission of comprehensive excellence," said Dave Hart, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics. "We anticipate and expect continued progress in this critical area."
The GSR allows institutions to add scholarship transfer students that fit into their respective freshmen cohorts and remove those students that choose to leave and are academically eligible according to NCAA Progress-Toward-Degree Requirements.
UT also announced the student-athlete federal graduation rate (FGR) for 2005-06 was 61 percent, a one percent decrease from last year. The 62 percent FGR in each of the last two years was an all-time high since the inception of the rate's measurement.
A total of 94 UT student-athletes graduated during the 2012-13 school year, continuing the tradition of excellence in the classroom within the UT department of athletics.
In the Spring of 2012, the average grade-point average (GPA) for all UT student-athletes was 3.05, including 21 student-athletes who earned a perfect 4.0 GPA. The 3.05 cumulative GPA is the highest for UT's student-athletes since 2003, the earliest year for which sport-by-sport GPA data is available. A record 115 student-athletes were named to their respective Dean's List.
Ten programs recorded a team GPA of 3.0 or higher (men's golf, rowing, soccer, softball, men's swimming & diving, women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, women's tennis, women's track & field and volleyball). A total of 255 student-athletes (58 percent) posted a 3.0 GPA or higher. The football team led all programs with 46 student-athletes posting 3.0 GPAs, and the rowing program had 43 student-athletes with a 3.0 or higher GPA as well.
Four programs (men's basketball, football, rowing and women's swimming & diving) posted their highest team GPA since records started being recorded in 2003. The volleyball team posted the highest GPA with a 3.58 followed by women's tennis (3.54), men's golf (3.37), rowing (3.37), women's swimming & diving (3.30), women's track & field (3.20), men's swimming & diving (3.17), and soccer (3.13), and softball (3.07).
Additionally, four time All-American and three-time first team Academic All-American softball player Raven Chavanne was honored with an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. A total of 166 Tennessee student-athletes were named to the 2012-13 SEC Academic Honor Rolls.
A key focus for the University of Tennessee athletic programs is to graduate student-athletes and prepare them for real-world experiences. In 2001, the University of Tennessee opened the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center to provide student-athletes with superior academic support programs and personal and career development assistance.
The breakdown of the University of Tennessee's graduation success rates as compared to the federal rates for student-athletes who first enrolled at the University in 2002-05 are as follows:
|Men's Cross Country/Track & Field||73||65|
|Women's Cross Country/Track & Field||92||69|
|Men's Swimming & Diving||60||48|
|Women's Swimming & Diving||95||61|
The University encourages former student-athletes who left in good standing to return to the university to achieve their degree. The Renewing Academic Commitment (RAC) Program works with former student-athletes by assisting them with advice on remaining degree requirements, course scheduling, tutoring, employment and internship opportunities offered through the Life Skills Office, and use of the Thornton Center for their academic and career needs.
There are currently eight former student-athletes completing degree requirements through the RAC program, a program that has assisted 58 former student-athletes with progress toward their degrees in the past seven years, including eight who are currently in the program.