The NCAA today released its annual Graduation Success Rate figures, companion to the Academic Progress Rate numbers that come out in the spring. Like the old federal rates, they allow a six-year period for graduation, but the GSR is a liberalized version, taking into account transfers and students who leave in good academic standing.
This one measures a four-year average, last year of which was the entering class of 2005. Washington acquitted itself well in both football and men’s basketball, with 74 and 78 scores, respectively. The 78 was tied with Washington State for third among Pac-12 men’s basketball programs.
The WSU football program’s 53 number was tied with Arizona for 10th, and it doesn’t take a nuclear physicist to understand the reason. As we reported several times in recent years, the 2004-06 recruiting classes of Bill Doba were primary program-killers, both competitively and as we see now, academically.
Many of the players in the 2004-05 classes didn’t pan out on the field and left, and while I can’t ascertain how many of those might have departed in good standing and gotten degrees elsewhere, it’s safe to say there’s a large number that didn’t leave on track academically.
Though it’s a bit apples-and-oranges to the GSR metric, here’s a telling glimpse: In September of 2007, I researched the state of those 2004 and 2005 signing classes. Of the 28 signed in 2004, only 13 were in the program three years later. And of the 21 signed in 2005, only 10 remained two years later. Some of those signees never made it in, but that still represents a big attrition among those who did.
It’s those classes, and another clunker in 2006, that Paul Wulff, and now Mike Leach, are still digging out from. And they’re also academic anchors.
The latest Pac-12 numbers:
Arizona State 63
Oregon State 60
Washington State 53
Washington State 78
Arizona State 67
Oregon State 50