MT Athletics GSR Matches Record For 3rd Straight Year

Middle Tennessee’s NCAA Graduation Success Rate matched the school record at 87 percent for the third straight year and is one point higher than the NCAA average, as announced by Director of Athletics Chris Massaro.

The Graduation Success Rate (GSR) is a four-year measure of freshmen and athletic transfers who entered Middle Tennessee between the fall semester of 2006 and the spring semester of 2009. This marks the fourth straight year that Middle Tennessee has scored above 80 percent. The last four GSR scores for Middle Tennessee have been 87, 87, 87 and 82.

The Blue Raiders also ranked third out of the 13 teams in Conference USA, trailing only Charlotte and Rice who scored 92 and 91 percent, respectively.

“Our university has made student success its top priority and I’m pleased that is reflected in this important measurement,” said President Sidney A. McPhee. “This again confirms our commitment for student-athletes to win in their classrooms and on their fields of play.”

Middle Tennessee had six programs score a perfect 100 percent GSR score. Men’s basketball, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s tennis, soccer and volleyball all registered a 100 percent score. Women’s track/cross country turned in a 92.

Of the four FBS programs in the state of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee ranked second behind only Vanderbilt’s 93 percent. Memphis turned in an 85 percent score while Tennessee was at 83 percent.

“I think these high marks are reflective of the team we have in place at Middle Tennessee from President McPhee to Vice President Deb Sells, Faculty Representative Terry Whiteside, and Todd Wyant, the director of our student-athlete enhancement center,” added Massaro. “But more importantly, the hard work turned in by our student-athletes is where it all begins. Our coaches have built a culture on graduating student-athletes and winning championships, and we are very proud of that.”

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