TCU Football Cited for Its Graduation Rate

TCU center James Fry is one of 10 Horned Frog seniors playing as a graduate student this fall.

TCU center James Fry is one of 10 Horned Frog seniors playing as a graduate student this fall.

Dec. 7, 2012

WACO, Texas-- The TCU football program's high graduation rate has been recognized for a fifth straight season by the American Football Coaches Association.

TCU is one of just 18 schools to achieve a graduation rate of 90 percent or better for its football student-athletes who entered as freshmen in 2005.

All 20 of TCU's seniors this season already have their degree in hand or are scheduled to graduate next week or in May. The Horned Frogs have 10 seniors, including All-Big 12 selections Blaize Foltz and James Fry, playing as graduate students this fall.

This year's award marks the fifth time the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate (GSR) formula has been used to select the winner. From 1981 to 2007, the award was presented based on a formula used by the College Football Association and AFCA. Since 2008, the criteria for the AFCA's Academic Achievement Award is based on the highest NCAA GSR, at least 15 students in the GSR Cohort, and a Federal Graduation Rate of 75 percent or better.

The GSR is based on a six-year graduation window for student-athletes and was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for mid-year enrollees.

Under GSR calculation, institutions are not penalized for outgoing transfer students who leave in good academic standing. These outgoing transfers are passed to the receiving institution's GSR cohort. By counting incoming transfer students and mid-year enrollees, the GSR increases the total number of student-athletes tracked for graduation by more than 37 percent.



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