Don’t be a drop out.

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.


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12 responses to “Don’t be a drop out.

  1. DawgDaddy

    I immediately thought of the class of 13, they pretty much skewered any stats of this sort for a while.


  2. 92 grad

    Yea, it looks bad and will be click bait fodder for the ajc, ESPN, etc. for years to come. It’s cherry picking stats though. Being penalized for transfers doesn’t seem right to me and whomever decides to make negative light on Georgia with this info won’t disclose that the transfers are to blame more than anything else.


  3. W Cobb Dawg

    This doesn’t reflect well on CMR at all. One must assume it means he did a poor job recruiting, and/or a poor job retaining recruits, and/or a poor job educating recruits, and/or a mixture of all three.

    I’m not trying to dis CMR, but I think there’s some splainin to do. This number isn’t bad, it’s fricken awful.


    • W Cobb Dawg

      Oh, and this is as good an excuse as any to fire McG.


    • Napoleon BonerFart

      It’s mostly the 2013 class imploding. But it’s also a result of his laissez faire attitude on transfers. If he were stricter on transfers and kept those kids on the roster, the graduation rates would look better. Not that it would be better for the kid or the team, but why would the NCAA care about that?


  4. Scorpio Jones, III

    So, Kevin Butler going back to school counts, right?


  5. Macallanlover

    Silly to mix graduation rates into sports like CFB and BB where so many athletes aren’t there for the education anyway. Feel there should be a special curriculum for those guys outside the ones for real students. At least give them something that might benefit them in their life.


    • @Mac; Not trying to be snarky, but don’t most schools have special programs already. Now, I do not know, but are some of these just limited to athletes, or do they have to include the entire student body–NCAA and all that. I know at UDub, there were some classes that were just all athletes.
      Always have thought these “majors” was just a sham for the big time programs. Hell, all programs at Div 1.


      • Macallanlover

        I think so. What I was suggesting are classes that seriously fit what could help an athlete that does plan to make sports a career, and has no other legit options in the curriculum. I am talking about “how to choose an agent”, contract negotiation strategies”, “marketing yourself for success”, “portfolio planning for high wealth individuals”, etc. Look at how many guys walk into mega bucks suddenly and let it all go in a few years. Not suggesting there are dozens on campus at any one time that fit this model but better than the silly stuff they get fed now, at least it makes them think of how to find winning ways.