Posted: Oct 16, 2019
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly’s Graduation Success Rate among its 550 student-athletes climbed three percent to 85 percent, according to the NCAA Graduation Rates Report released by the NCAA on Wednesday.
That figure represents a three-percent rise from a year ago and a 16-percent increase over Cal Poly’s GSR over the past nine years.
Men’s cross country and track and field led the way with a 20-percent improvement in its GSR and a 25-percent increase in its Federal Graduation Rate.
The current Graduation Rates Report compiles data about students and student-athletes entering as freshmen in 2012, the most recent graduating class for which the required six years of information is available.
Eight of Cal Poly’s athletic teams posted a GSR of over 90 percent, equalling the numbers of a year ago. They include men’s golf, men's basketball, men’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, softball and women’s swimming and diving.
Men’s golf, men's soccer, men’s tennis and women's swimming and diving posted 100 percent graduation success rates. Men’s tennis and women's swimming and diving are the lone Mustang teams with an FGR score of 100 percent.
In addition to men's cross country and track and field, teams posting improvement in their GSR rate over a year ago include baseball (8 percent), women's swimming and diving (6 percent), women's tennis (6 percent), men's soccer (5 percent), men's swimming and diving (5 percent), football (3 percent) and women's cross country and track and field (1 percent).
Men’s golf, men's tennis, women’s golf and women’s volleyball maintained their GSR scores of a year ago.
"These numbers are indicative of the great work of Mustang student-athletes. These men and women embody our motto of ‘Athletic and Academic Excellence’,” said Cal Poly director of athletics Don Oberhelman. "For these great numbers, there is plenty of credit to go around.
"Our coaching staff emphases the 'student' in student-athlete, which is the only pathway to success at this amazing university,” Oberhelman added. "Louise Torgerson, Kyle Ross, Zach Reed and the entire Mustang Success Center unit work tirelessly with our student-athletes to help them achieve their academic goals, and earning a Cal Poly degree.”