The Butler men's basketball team matched its success on the court with success in the classroom, according to the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report released by the NCAA. The Bulldogs topped the Horizon League with a GSR of 92% for the period of 1997-2000.
Butler's GSR for men's basketball was well above the overall NCAA Division I GSR for men's basketball, which was 61%. The Bulldogs also led the Horizon League and topped the national average in federal graduation rate, which incorporates slightly different data than the NCAA GSR.
Men's basketball wasn't the only Butler sport excelling in the GSR report. Butler led (or shared the lead) in the Horizon League in GSR for 10 of 13 sports (cross country, indoor track and outdoor track are counted as one sport). The Bulldogs had a 100% GSR for nine different sports, and every Butler sport exceeded the NCAA stated goal of 80%!
"We are proud of the accomplishments of our student-athletes," said Butler Senior Woman Administrator and Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance Julie Arnold. "It's challenging to balance the demands of participating in Division I athletics, while competing in a rigorous academic environment. The high Graduation Success Rate shows that our student-athletes are succeeding in the classroom, just as they are in the athletic arena."
The NCAA developed the GSR three years ago to more accurately assess long-term student-athlete academic success. The GSR differs from the federally mandated graduation-rate methodology in that it counts transfers into and out of an institution. The NCAA continues to provide the federal rate, though, since there is no comparable rate to the GSR for the general student body.
The Bulldogs boasted a 100% GSR for the sports of men's cross country/track, men's soccer, men's tennis, women's cross country/track, women's golf, softball, women's swimming, women's tennis and volleyball. Butler had the only men's soccer team in the Horizon League with a 100% GSR.