The Huskies registered a 92 percent Graduation Success Rates (GSR) as the NCAA released this year’s figures for Division I student-athletes Wednesday. UConn’s percentage beat the national average of 79 percent for all athletes.
The Huskies’ GSR was also better than the national average for women’s basketball teams (83 percent) and all women’s sports (87). It was the sixth best percentage in the Big East.
The GSR was developed as a more accurate way to track the academic success of student-athletes. Using a six-year time frame (this time it was 1998-2003), the GSR measures graduation rates of student-athletes. Transfer students are included in the calculation of the GSR. If a student-athlete transfers from an institution in good academic standing then the transfers are merely passed on to the new institution.
This year’s GSR scores include the incoming freshman classes from 2000-01 through 2003-04.
“We’re pretty proud of the fact that kids who come here graduate,’’ Huskies coach Geno Auriemma said. “They enroll for the right reasons. They want to get a great education. They want to prepare themselves for the future and they we want to win championships. And we wanted to prove once again that those two things are not mutually exclusive. We’re proud of the grade point average that our kids consistently attain. I don’t know that any other school in America has had three of their basketball players be the National Scholar-Athlete of the Year as we’ve had with Rebecca (Lobo), Jen (Rizzotti) and Maya Moore. I would love to look it up, but I don’t have the stats. But I don’t think there’s another college in America playing at the Division I level that we play at that’s had three. So I think that’s a statement about what we believe in here as a university and what our basketball program stands for.’’
Here’s year-by-year GSR breakdown for the Huskies over this particular six-year span – 1998 (87 percent), 1999 (91), 2000 (92), 2001 (100), 2002 (100) and 2003 (92).