Bad news off the field for Cal coach Jeff Tedford’s football program.
The NCAA on Thursday released numbers on graduation rate among athletes at its member schools, and Cal’s Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 48 percent among students who entered school during the four-year period from 2002-05 was worst in the Pac-12 Conference.
Graduation rates are based on a six-year window following enrollment.
Cal’s Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) is 47 percent. The FGR differs from the GSR in that it does not give credit for incoming transfers who graduate and it penalizes schools for athletes who transfer to another school (or turn pro). GSR does not penalize schools for outgoing transfers, as long as they are in academic good standing when they depart.
Cal released this statement with a reaction from Tedford:
“This score is clearly unacceptable. While there is little a college coach can do to prevent players from entering the draft for professional leagues, we have an obligation and responsibility to do everything in our power to ensure our student-athletes succeed academically. We have many student-athletes who want to pursue NFL dreams, but it is essential that we emphasize the importance of them graduating in a timely fashion.
“I have made it absolutely clear to our coaches, players and staff that we must reverse this trend. In recent months, we have taken concerted action to improve the support provided through our Academic Game Plan and will continue to make sure this is a top priority in our program. We all share the responsibility to meet Cal’s academic standards.”
Cal’s Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) for football was 47 percent.
The FGR differs from the GSR in that it does not give credit for incoming transfers who graduate and it penalizes schools for athletes who transfer to another school (or turn pro). GSR does not penalize schools for outgoing transfers, as long as they are in academic good standing when they depart.
Here are Cal’s football figures for GSR and FGR over the past five years:
*** Meanwhile, the men’s basketball program is showing steady improvement under coach Mike Montgomery. Because the figures are based on the performance of student-athletes who enrolled from 2002-05, Cal’s numbers are still a reflection of former coach Ben Braun’s players.
Here are the Cal basketball figures for the past four years:
*** Cal fared well overall, with 16 of its 23 evaluated sports at 85 percent graduation rate or higher. Three teams — women’s volleyball, women’s golf and women’s water polo — all scored perfect 100s.
Cal’s overall score of 80 percent was just off its all-time high of 81 from two years ago.
Here’s how Cal’s overall athletic department score stacked up against the rest of the Pac-12 (with GSR/FGR scores, but ranked according to GSR):
1. Stanford 96/92
2. UCLA 84/73
3t. Washington 81/72
3t. Utah 81/61
5t. Cal 80/72
5t. Oregon 80/64
5t. Arizona State 80/61
8. USC 79/67
9t. Washington State 75/66
9t. Oregon State 75/63
11. Colorado 75/54
12. Arizona 68/54
Here is athletic director Sandy Barbour’s statement:
“At Cal, we have set high academic standards for our student-athletes, and the overall figures are a result of their commitment to the classroom as well as the efforts of our coaches, faculty members and staff at our Athletic Study Center. However, this level of achievement and diligence must extend through all of our programs. We have already taken steps to support teams and individuals who need additional support. We will not be satisfied until each and every team measures up to the level of excellence expected at Cal.”
Here is Cal’s full statement on Thursday’s NCAA grad rates.
Click here for a portal to check the scores of any sport at any school or conference.
Here’s a link to the NCAA’s news release on the latest GSR results.