BC Among Top In The Nation In Graduation Success

November 18, 2009 - 9:15 am

Boston is crazy about its sports teams. From Foxborough to Chestnut Hill, sport talk is what drives the region. At the same time, Boston is an academic mecca. When it comes to major collegiate sports, Boston College is the preeminent university in the region. Harvard may have a storied football program and Boston University may be great at hockey but BC is really the only program that makes an effort to put a competitive team in the arena in every sport. BC can also argue that they are pretty good on the academic side as well. The Eagles sports teams are near the top of the list in graduation rate for their athletes. The football team has a graduation success rate score of 91 is one of only six teams in the country higher than 90. This Saturday will be the seniors final game at Alumni Stadium and many of them already have their degrees. It will be emotional for some while other look at it as just another game. Either way, diplomas in hand, they will be suited to jump from the field to the workforce when the time for play is over. Here is the press release:

Eagles Lead the Nation in Graduation Success Rate Perfect Scores

Twenty-one BC teams receive perfect score; football score among top six in the country

November 18, 2009 Twenty-one Boston College sports teams received a perfect Graduation Success Rate score of 100, according to data released by the NCAA today.  That figure represents the most teams with a perfect 100 score of any intercollegiate Division I athletics program in the country. In addition, BC football '€“ with a score of 91 '€“ was one of only six FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) programs in the country to receive a score of 90 or better. '€œThis is a tremendous accomplishment by our student-athletes,'€ Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo said.  '€œThis represents many hours of hard work by them, their coaches, our Office of Learning Resources for Student-Athletes and others.  We are unbelievably proud of our achievements in the classroom.'€ The 21 Boston College teams that recorded a perfect GSR score of 100 score included baseball, men'€™s cross country/track, women'€™s cross country/track, men'€™s fencing, women'€™s fencing, men'€™s golf, women'€™s golf, men'€™s skiing, women'€™s skiing, men'€™s swimming, women'€™s swimming, men'€™s tennis, men'€™s sailing, women'€™s sailing,women'€™s basketball, women'€™s rowing, women'€™s ice hockey, women'€™s lacrosse, women'€™s soccer, women'€™s softball and women'€™s volleyball. The six FBS institutions that received scores of 90 or better were Duke (96), Notre Dame (96), Navy (93), Northwestern (92), BC (91) and Vanderbilt (91). The NCAA developed the Graduation Success Rate as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The rate holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The Graduation Success Rate also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport. The most recent Division I Graduation Success Rates are based on the four entering freshmen classes from 1999-2000 through 2002-03.  This year marks the eighth year that Graduation Success Rate data have been collected. The NCAA began collecting GSR data with the entering freshman class of 1995. The latest entering class for which data are available is 2002.