Okay, so this is not a good look.
What’s especially troubling about this is that Georgia’s been on a downward trend with regard to GSR for several years now. Here are the relevant percentages and conference standings:
- 2012-3: 82% (T-1st)
- 2013-4: 75% (5th)
- 2014-5: 73% (7th)
The slide had been slow, but this past year’s drop was anything but. What’s the cause? Well, take a look at the methodology.
The graduation-rate data are based on a six-year cohort prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education.
The NCAA developed the Division I Graduation Success Rate in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflect the mobility among all college students today.
Both the Graduation Success Rate and the Academic Success Rate account for the academic outcomes of student-athletes who transfer from one institution to another. The rate compiled using the federal government’s methodology does not count transfers in and counts transfers out as graduation failures. [Emphasis added.]
The number of ways the 2013 class has affected the program is something.