The Norman Transcript

October 26, 2012

Shinn at 3 p.m.: Graduation rates released


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The NCAA released its Graduation Success Rate report for the 2011-12 academic year on Thursday. Oklahoma's football team did not score well.

The report covered first-time freshmen who entered school in the fall of 2005 and whether they were able to graduate within six years.

Out that class, OU graduated 47 percent of those players. Out of 236 Division I schools, OU ranked No. 220. Out of 120 FBS programs, it was No. 118. That was also the lowest rate among schools in a BCS conference.

According to the NCAA the report GSR, "indicates the percentage of freshmen who entered during a given academic year and graduated within six years. The GSR adds to the first-time freshmen, those students who entered midyear, as well as student-athletes who transferred into an institution. In addition, the GSR will subtract students from the entering cohort who are considered allowable exclusions (those who either die or become permanently disabled, those who leave the school to join the armed forces, foreign services or attend a church mission), as well as those who would have been academically eligible to compete had they returned to the institution."

The topic has come up because OU faces Notre Dame at 7 p.m. Saturday night at Owen Field. The Fighting Irish were tied with Northwestern for the top graduation rate among FBS schools at 97 percent.

However, it should be noted there won't be one single player on the field Saturday who is calculated in that report. The last players from OU's 2005 recruiting class either graduated or ran out of eligibility by the end of 2009 season.

But what's really surprising about OU's GSR is it's performance in the NCAA Academic Progress Rate. During six-year period, the Sooners' scored no worse than in the top 50 percent and have been in the top 70 percent that last three years.

To use a football term, when it comes to graduating, the Sooners consistently get in the red zone, they just don't get get enough players to cross the graduation line.