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Football Team Has Highest GSR For African-American Student-Athletes Among Bowl Playing State Schools

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SOURCE: University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut football program had the highest NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) for African-American student-athletes among all state universities that participated in a bowl game following the 2008 season.

The latest GSR for African-American football student-athletes in the UConn football program is 83 percent, which placed it seventh among the 68 schools playing in bowl games this year, third among public institutions behind Army and Navy and first among public state institutions.

UConn’s overall GSR of 77 percent for its entire football program places it 13th among the 68 bowl teams and seventh among state institutions, but just three percentage points behind the leader.

These results were announced in a survey performed by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.

“We are very proud of the academic achievements of our student-athletes,” says UConn head coach Randy Edsall. “When we recruit young men to join our program, the first thing we evaluate is their desire to earn a degree from the University of Connecticut. Our outstanding graduation rate is a credit to the young men in our program who work very hard in the classroom. A great deal of credit goes to our academic counselor Ellen Rennie and the entire Counseling Program for Intercollegiate Athletes staff here at UConn.”

Connecticut defeated Buffalo by a 38-20 score in the 2009 International Bowl on January 3 in Toronto.

The Graduation Success Rate was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students and also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport. Under the GSR calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. The NCAA also calculates the federal graduation rate for student-athletes, because it is the only rate by which to compare student-athletes to the general student body.


Written by Symphony

January 8, 2009 at 7:35 am

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  1. Well, these are interesting thoughts. I think they are true. However, everything is
    relative and ambiguous to my mind.


    April 8, 2009 at 8:18 am

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