MTSU lives up to 'student-athlete' with high graduation rate

Oct 17, 2019 at 10:00 am by Voice Wire

Blue Raiders actually graduate

Middle Tennessee's NCAA Graduation Success Rate set a new school record at 92 percent, as announced by the NCAA national office on Wednesday. It's the sixth straight year MT has either equaled or set a new school record.

The Graduation Success Rate (GSR) is a four-year measure of freshmen and athletic transfers who entered Middle Tennessee between the fall semester of 2009 and the spring semester of 2012. This marks the seventh straight year that Middle Tennessee has scored above 80 percent. The last seven GSR scores for Middle Tennessee have been 92, 89, 88, 87, 87, 87 and 82.

The Blue Raiders also ranked second out of the 14 teams in Conference USA, trailing only Rice who scored 94. MT and Rice were the only schools to top the 90 percent mark.

Middle Tennessee had eight programs score a perfect 100 percent GSR score. Men's basketball, men's tennis, men's golf, women's basketball, women's tennis, women's golf, soccer and volleyball all registered a 100 percent score. Baseball and football were next in line with scores of 97 and 95 percent, respectively.

The Blue Raiders' score of 95 percent in football ranked tied for third nationally (Northwestern, Duke, MT, Vanderbilt) and easily led the way in Conference USA as Rice was second at 87 percent. Among all FBS schools in the state of Tennessee, the Blue Raiders matched Vanderbilt for the best mark as Memphis recorded an 82 and Tennessee had a 74.

"I can't say enough about the dedication, hard work and commitment shown by our student-athletes in everything they do on and off the playing field," said Director of Athletics Chris Massaro. "Our coaches have built a culture on graduating student-athletes and winning championships, and we are very proud of that. Our academic success can also be credited to the team we have in place from President McPhee to Vice President Deb Sells, Faculty Representative Terry Whiteside, and Todd Wyant, the director of our student-athlete enhancement center."

Conference USA Overall GSR Scores
Rice 94
Middle Tennessee 92
Charlotte 88
Marshall 87
UAB 85
North Texas 85
WKU 85
Southern Miss 84
FIU 83
FAU 82
ODU 81
LA Tech 77

Conference USA Football GSR Scores
Middle Tennessee 95
Rice 87
North Texas 83
Charlotte 80
Marshall 80
Southern Miss 72
UAB 71
WKU 71
FAU 70
FIU 69
ODU 63
LA Tech 62

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