Gophers' student athlete grad rate hits record high

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MINNEAPOLIS - University of Minnesota student-athletes have reached an academic high-water mark, posting a Graduation Success Rate of 83 percent.

The NCAA'S 2012 GSR report represents data from first-time freshmen, student-athletes who entered at mid-year and student-athletes who transferred into the U of M between 2002 and 2005. It excludes student-athletes who transfer from the university in good academic standing.

The score of 83 percent represents a 3-point improvement compared to Minnesota's GSR announced last year. It's a 16-point jump since the NCAA began releasing GSR figures in 2005.

"We are extremely pleased with the latest Graduation Success Rate report and the improvements our student-athletes continue to make in this area," Director of Athletics Norwood Teague said. "Academic success and degree completion are important components of our vision for Gopher Athletics and I am proud of the achievements of our student-athletes."

Teague said that the cumulative GPA at the end of last spring was 3.18 for all student-athletes, with 22 of 25 teams reporting cumulative team GPAs about 3.0.

"Strong performances in the classroom will continue to be our goal," Teague said.

Graduation Success Rates for Minnesota's women's programs continue to excel, with all 11 programs posting GSR figures of 83 percent or higher. Eight programs scored better than 90 percent, with golf, gymnastics, tennis and volleyball all posting perfect scores of 100 percent. Three women's programs also posted significant gains, with basketball (+13), gymnastics (+10) and swimming (+10) making the largest jumps.

On the men's side, gymnastics (100), tennis (100), swimming (86) and track & field/cross country (82) were again among the highest performing teams. Several other programs showed strong improvement. Football made a 10-point jump to 69 percent and basketball improved nine points to 54 percent, marking the highest GSR scores ever for those two sports at Minnesota.

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