In the latest figures released by the NCAA Thursday, the Gauchos continue to soar in the classroom holding an all time high 85 percent Graduation Success Rate for student-athletes. Four of the measured UCSB sports had a perfect 100 percent, including six above 95 percent. The national average for Division I, which the Gauchos compete in, rose another point to 82 percent.
Four teams - women's volleyball, women's soccer, women's tennis and men's tennis earned the perfect 100 percent graduation success rate with men's and women's swimming and diving earning 95 percent.
“Each year I look forward to this news and am excited when our numbers are in. Due to UCSB's academic standing and mission, we expect to succeed in both academics and athletics,” Director of Athletics Mark Massari said. “Maintaining our all-time high 85 percent graduation success rate is a testament to the dedication of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, Dr. (Janis) Ingham and our campus partners. All of us are invested in the lives of our Gaucho student-athletes and having them succeed in every area of their UCSB careers. It's happening.”
UCSB student-athletes rank in the top third in graduation success rate amongst the demanding University of California system, and second only to UC Davis in the Big West Conference.
Big West institutions latest GSR:
UCSB - 85%
Cal State Fullerton - 68%
UC Irvine - 81%
UC Riverside - 65%
UC Davis - 87%
Cal Poly - 75%
Cal State Northridge - 68%
Long Beach State - 81%
Hawaii - 73%
Other University of California campuses: UCLA 87% Cal 78%
Today, the Gauchos celebrate success in the classroom with over 70 student-athletes making athletics director's honor roll breakfast for those achieving a 3.5 quarterly grade point average and 3.0 cumulative, the year-end Golden Eagles ceremony which honors the highest GPA's amongst each program that academic year and the Big West Scholar Athletes which are the top male and female GPA's amongst all UCSB's 20 intercollegiate athletics programs. In addition to Deputy Athletics Director Diane O'Brien, UCSB student-athlete support is led by academic success coordinator Kayla Smith, academic advisors Jack Rivas, Kelly Barsky and Letters and Sciences, CLAS tutoring, Assistant Athletics Director Larry James and Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance Sean Strauch.
The Graduation Success Rate or GSR is based on a six-year cohort, meaning that the latest report includes only those student-athletes who received athletic scholarships and enrolled at UCSB as freshmen or incoming transfers from 2003-06, and completed their degree within six years. Complete details of the GSR report are available here.
The NCAA to address some of the concerns about the methodology of the Federal Graduation Rate data, primarily to more accurately reflect mobility among student-athletes, created the GSR. The GSR includes students transferring into institutions and allows institutions to subtract student-athletes who leave their institutions prior to graduation as long as they would have been academically eligible to compete had they remained. For more information, see the NCAA's webpage on the GSR.