Sacred Heart University had 12 programs earn a perfect score of 100 in the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) announced by the NCAA. The Pioneers department wide GSR increased once again, with 89, surpassing the national Graduation Success Rate which is 87.
Women's Basketball, Women's Bowling, Women's Crew, Field Hockey, Men's Golf, Women's Golf, women's Ice Hockey, Women's Soccer, Softball, Women's Tennis, Women's Volleyball and Men's Wrestling all had a perfect score in the 2008-11 Cohorts. The Pioneers field hockey team earned the perfect 100 score for the 13thtime – earning that level in each year of the GSR report. Women's ice hockey and Crew both have posted perfect scores for six straight years. Over the past four years SHU has earned 38 perfect scores.
In addition, 28 of the Pioneer programs that were rated achieved a GSR equal to or above the federal rate for their respective sports. Nine teams exceed the federal rate by more than 20 points, led by women's volleyball at +27 over the federal rate, while Men's Lacrosse was +26. Football (+24), Men's Basketball (+22), Men's Soccer (+25), Softball, (+23), Field Hockey (+22), women's tennis (+20) and Women's Swimming and Diving (+20) all were 20 or more percentage points over the federal rate.
Each year, the NCAA publicly announces the Graduation Success Rate of all Division I institutions, along with a similar Division II Academic Success Rate. graduation-rate data are based on a six-year cohort prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education. The federal graduation rate, however, remains the only measure to compare student-athletes with the general student body. Using this measure, student-athletes graduate at a rate 2 percentage points higher than the general student body — 68 percent compared with 66 percent.
The NCAA developed the Division I Graduation Success Rate in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflect the mobility among all college students today. NCAA leaders emphasized the direct human impact that academic reforms have made over the past 16 years: 25,981 more student-athletes have graduated from college than would have if the GSR had remained at 74 percent. That was the rate for the class that entered in 1995, the first year for the new measure.
Both the Graduation Success Rate and the Academic Success Rate account for the academic outcomes of student-athletes who transfer from one institution to another. The rate compiled using the federal government's methodology does not count transfers in and counts transfers out as graduation failures. Regardless of which rate is used, student-athletes are shown to graduate at a higher rate than their peers in the general student body.