Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Syracuse University is putting up some strong numbers on the academic scoreboard.
The NCAA on Thursday released its Graduation Success Rate scores for students athletes entering school in 2006, giving student athletes six years to graduate.
But not all of SU’s teams are doing as well in the classroom as on the field.
The basketball program had its share of success on the court for this class, but the latest GSR numbers are low – and it drags down the school’s overall graduation rate. And it’s not the first time.
For all of the SU athletic programs, the Orange check in with a score of 87 percent graduation success rate, which is better than the NCAA average of 82 percent.
Syracuse football may have struggled on the field, but the Orange’s 77 percent graduation rate was 6 points higher than the average for major Division I college football programs during that period.
It’s the men’s basketball program where the scoreboard tips the wrong way.
The Orange men’s hoops team checks in on the latest GSR report at 45 percent – far below the NCAA average of 73 percent.
A closer look at the numbers shows a steady decline for the program. Since the GSR measurement began with the first report in 1998, the program has declined from 75 percent into the 50s and, now, into the 45-percent area.
For comparison, Duke, during the same time frame going back to the first report in 1998, has risen steadily from 50 percent through the 80s and 90s to 100 percent for three straight years including Thursday’s report.
There are no consequences or penalties for teams with low graduation rates on the GSR, there’s a separate Federal report where that comes into play.
GSR is used rather as an information tool for prospective student athletes and the institutions themselves.