Cal football has gotten some encouraging news from the NCAA on two academic fronts:
- The Graduation Success Rate: The Bears earlier this fall recorded an embarrassing GSR score of 44 percent for players who entered school in 2006. Now, the NCAA reports that the GSR for football players admitted to Berkeley in 2007 has risen to an estimated 65 percent, an increase of almost 50 percent.
- The Academic Progress Rate: The APR, which measures real-time academic performance and student-athlete retention, also shows substantial improvement after scoring a substandard score of 923 last spring. The the latest estimate for this year’s rate, according t0 the NCAA, is 969. If sustained, that rate would result in a graduation rate of about 85 percent. The NCAA will release final, audited numbers in the spring.
Here’s the complete news release from the UC Berkeley public affairs office.
Here is a link to the plans unveiled Thursday by athletic director Sandy Barbour to form a task force that will include faculty, staff, students and alumni to identify and examine the key factors that play a role in the academic achievement of Cal’s student-athletes.