The NCAA recently released its annual report on Graduation Success Rate and six of Stetson’s athletic teams earned a perfect score while the Hatters overall earned a rating well above the national average.
The single-year GSR for student-athletes who began college in 2006 is 82 percent, a point up from the 2005 cohort and equal to highest rate ever. Stetson checks in at 86 percent overall, up eight percentage points in the last three years.
“The productivity of our student-athletes in their respective sport and in the classroom is astounding,” said Chet Hesson, Stetson Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance. “These statistics are a testament to our recruiting model for bringing in strong academically-oriented students-athletes and providing them with resources and a quality experience that extends well beyond athletics. Our student-athletes’ achievements in the classroom should be celebrated, and I believe this upward trend is only going to continue as the culture of our athletic department fortifies and we continue to focus our attention on developing exceptional student-athletes and productive members of our society.”
Additionally, the sports of men’s tennis, women’s golf, softball, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and volleyball each earned a perfect score. For softball and women’s tennis it was the sixth consecutive year that each team earned a perfect score.
Eleven Stetson teams ranked above the national average: baseball (83 percent), men’s basketball (93), men’s golf (88), men’s tennis (100), women’s basketball (91), women’s golf (100), softball (100), women’s soccer (100), women’s tennis (100), women’s cross country (86) and volleyball (100).
Football, sand volleyball and women’s lacrosse are not included in Stetson’s report as the Hatters did not sponsor those sports in 2006.
The NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing, unlike the federal graduation rate, which does not count transfers. The GSR and federal rate calculations measure graduation over six years from first-time college enrollment.