Findlay, Ohio – On Wednesday, Nov. 7 the NCAA released information regarding the Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) and the Academic Success Rate (ASR) of every NCAA institution including the 300 institutions that make up NCAA Division II.
Federal Graduation Rate is data gathered by the U.S. Department of Education and is used as an indicator of academic success for college student-athletes. FGR measures the percentage of first-time, full-time freshman student-athletes who graduate within six years of entering their original institution.
In the most recent data, the cohort that began in 2010 and ended in 2016, 61% of student-athletes who began at Findlay as full-time freshman received their degree from the University of Findlay, a four percent increase from last year's numbers. That number (61%) is three percent higher than the non-student-athlete population at Findlay over the same time period and is five percent higher than the national average. Nationally, student-athletes have a six percent higher FGR (56%) than non-student-athletes (50%).
One flaw in the FGR is that it does not take into account students who transfer to or from a university and complete their degree at an institution other than the one at which they began their secondary education. That is where the Academic Success Rate comes into play.
Academic Success Rate starts with all freshman who enter college in a given year and excludes from the denominator those student-athletes who leave the institution in good academic standing and includes in the numerator those who transfer into the institution and go on to graduate. It better accounts for the mobility of student-athletes.
In the 2010-2016 cohort, University of Findlay student-athletes recorded an Academic Success Rate of 91%, 19% higher than the national average of 72%. Of the school's 17 NCAA sanctioned teams (combining cross-country and track as one), five teams had an ASR of 100% and ten had an ASR of 90% or greater.
Regardless of which metric is used, this data shows that, nationwide, student-athletes actually graduate at a higher rate than non-student-athletes and shows that the rate at which student-athletes graduate is ever-increasing.
A searchable database for ASR information and federal reports for all NCAA Division II institutions is available by visiting here.