The NCAA released the annual Graduation Success Rate Data Nov. 15, and the Monmouth University Athletics Department achieved a score of 90 or higher for the seventh consecutive year.
Overall, Monmouth’s GSR score of 91 is based on the four entering classes from 2012-15.
Ten of Monmouth’s programs led or tied for the lead of their respective conferences with perfect scores; men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse, softball, bowling, and men’s and women’s tennis.
The Division I Board of Directors created the GSR in response to Division I college and university presidents who wanted data that more accurately reflected the mobility of college students than the federal graduation rate. The federal rate counts any student who leaves a school as an academic failure, no matter whether he or she enrolls at another school. Also, the federal rate does not recognize students who enter school as transfer students.
The GSR formula removes from the rate student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible and includes student-athletes who transfer to a school after initially enrolling elsewhere. This calculation is a complete and accurate look at student-athlete success.