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Herd Boasts Graduation Success Rate of 86 Percent

HUNTINGTON, WV- Marshall student-athletes who graduated over a six-year period ending in 2010, boasted a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 86 percent, four points higher than the national Division I institutional average of 82 percent and eight higher than the Herd’s numbers last October, according to figures released this week by the NCAA.


Five of the Herd’s programs had perfect 100 percent rates.


"Improving the department’s graduation rate will always be a priority at Marshall University" Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick said. "We have emphasized this area and the efforts of our student-athletes, coaches and academic advisors are paying off. We are pleased with the progress we have made, and will continue to strive for more success in the future."


The NCAA developed the GSR to more accurately assess long-term student-athlete academic success. The graduation success rate is the most genuine academic measure in relation to graduation rates as it begins with the federal cohort, and adds transfer students, mid-year enrollees, and in specified cases non-scholarship students to the sample. Student-athletes who leave an institution in good academic standing before exhausting athletics eligibility are removed from the cohort. As a result, this rate provides a more complete and accurate look at actual student-athlete success by taking into account the full variety of participants in Division I athletics and tracking their academic outcomes. In that regard, the C-USA GSR information is tremendously positive as it affirms the commitment by C-USA member institutions to the academic success of its student-athletes.