Owls graduation rate above NCAA average

Temple men's basketball coach Fran Dunphy. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

The NCAA released Graduation Success Rate and Federal Graduation Rate scores for all Division I athletic programs on Thursday, and Temple scored better than the average FBS school.

The Temple football team scored 79 in GSR and 60 in FGR, according to the NCAA’s website. The average among all FBS schools (GSR) was 71 percent.

The GSR and the FGR are separate from the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rates, which can lead to penalties for schools that score poorly. The APR will be released in the spring.

The GSR is a four-year measure of freshman and transfer student-athletes who entered the University between the fall of 2003 and the spring of 2007.  It does not penalize the institution for student-athletes who transfer into the institution and receive athletic aid, unlike FGR.

The overall graduation rate (82 percent) of all Division I student-athletes is the highest ever, according to the NCAA. Graduation rates for football (71 percent) and African-American men’s basketball players (65 percent) were also all-time highs.