ALABAMA ATHLETIC PROGRAMS HAVE STRONG SHOWING IN NCAA GRADUATION SUCCESS RATE

Six University of Alabama athletic programs led the Southeastern Conference in Graduation Success Rate figures (GRS), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released on Wednesday.

Alabama ranks third among SEC schools with an overall GRS of 91, while the average GRS for NCAA Division I student-athletes is 89. The Crimson Tide’s score continues to exceed the standards for undergraduate studies, according to the NCAA. This year’s GSR spans the period covering student-athletes who attended the University during 2009-12.

The men’s basketball team had a perfect 100, while Alabama football moved up to 85, which ranks third in the SEC. It is the 11th year in a row that football has ranked in the top four in the SEC by GSR.

“We are very proud that Crimson Tide athletics continues to be a leader when it comes to the GSR,” Alabama’s Director of Athletics Greg Byrne said in a press release. “It is a testament to the emphasis our student-athletes, faculty, coaches and the athletics department as a whole puts on academics at The University of Alabama.”

Alabama also led the SEC with perfect GSR scores of 100 in men’s golf, women’s golf, gymnastics, women’s swimming and diving and women’s tennis. The Crimson Tide is fourth among SEC schools with teams scoring a perfect 100.

Twelve Alabama programs recorded a GSR score of 90 or better. Six teams had scores of 90 or better – soccer (96), softball (94), volleyball (92), baseball (91), women’s basketball (91) and men’s swimming and diving (91).

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