OAKLAND ADVANCES IN GRADUATION SUCCESS RATE

Nov. 4, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Oakland continues to maintain an 80 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR), while the men’s basketball program produced a GSR of 82 percent, eight higher than the national average, announced by the NCAA on Wednesday.

“Our student-athletes work hard at reaching their academic goals and for some it is often beyond an undergraduate degree, it is life-long learning,” said Associate AD for Student-Athlete Services Holly Kerstner. “We have focused our attention on the importance of life after college to assist student-athletes with planning for the future. We are providing a personal experience with one-on-one discussions about the importance of their degree while they are here so they are prepared when they are no longer playing their sport.”

Michigan’s basketball program leads the way in the state at 89 percent, ahead of Western Michigan (83%) and Oakland (82%). Trailing the Golden Grizzlies are Central Michigan (79%), Eastern Michigan (79%), Detroit (64%) and Michigan State (63%).

Nine of the 16 Golden Grizzly programs are above an 80 percent clip, with women’s swimming and diving leading the way at 95 percent. The baseball program is second at 92 percent, 15 percentage points higher than the national average and the tops in the state of Michigan.

The women’s basketball program produced a 91 percent rate, five higher than the NCAA average. The Golden Grizzlies had a total of four programs above the national average; baseball (92 / 77), men’s basketball (82 / 74), women’s basketball (91 / 86) and women’s swimming and diving (95 / 93).

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