The Niagara University Department of Athletics had a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) 6 percent higher than the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I national average for the 2005-08 cohort, according to figures released Wednesday. Niagara University posted a cumulative GSR of 89 percent.

Ten Niagara programs had scores equal to or above the national average: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, women’s tennis and volleyball. Six programs – men’s golf, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, softball, women’s tennis and volleyball – had a perfect (100) GSR.

The Federal Graduation Rate was also released by the NCAA as part of the report. Niagara’s FGR score is 68 percent, which is two percentage points higher than the national average.

The GSR was developed by the NCAA in an effort to more accurately measure the academic success of Division I student-athletes by better accounting for the various academic avenues followed by today’s college students. The GSR begins with the federal cohort and adds transfer students, mid-year enrollees and non-scholarship students.

The NCAA gauges the federal graduation rate for student-athletes, because it is the only rate to compare student-athletes to the general student body. FGR assesses only first-time full-time freshmen in a given cohort and only counts them as academic successes if they graduate from their institution of initial enrollment within a six-year period.