Seven of Drexel’s varsity athletic teams scored 100 percent on the latest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) announced by the NCAA. Overall, Drexel Athletics scored 92 percent on the GSR.
The seven teams that scored 100 percent were men’s and women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming and men’s tennis.
The GSR is a measure that the NCAA uses to evaluate academic performance. It indicates the percentage of student-athletes who graduated during the four-year period from 2002-2005.
The rate holds institutions accountable for the academic progression of first-time freshmen student-athletes, mid-year freshmen student-athletes, as well as those student-athletes that transferred into the institution.
The calculation also subtracts from consideration, student-athletes who leave the institution with allowable exclusions and those that would have been academically eligible to compete had they returned to the institution.
These adjustments make the GSR a more accurate picture of student-athlete academic success than the federal graduation rate projections.
“This is a testament to Drexel’s commitment to excellence in the classroom and laboratory, and on the playing field,” Drexel President John A. Fry said. “It reflects not only the dedication of our student-athletes — who rise to the challenge of meeting Drexel’s rigorous academic standards while also participating in high-level Division I athletics — but also that of the coaches and administrators, who along with our faculty, are the true purveyors of the value of a Drexel education.”
Drexel is the only program in the Colonial Athletic Association that boasts 100-percent graduation rates for both its men’s and women’s basketball teams and it is one of only two schools in Philadelphia, along with Villanova, with both teams graduating all of its players from 2002-05.