Graduation Success Rates rise again for Maryland football and men’s basketball programs

October 24, 2013
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Maryland’s overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) — a measurement of student-athletes who entered the school between the fall of 2003 and the spring of 2007 and graduated within six years — stands at a program-record 86 percent, the NCAA announced Thursday.

The Terrapins’ men’s basketball and football teams posted program-record marks of 82 and 73 percent, respectively. It was a 32 percent improvement for the Maryland men’s basketball team, whose GSR was 50 in 2012. The football team’s GSR also improved after its 65 in 2012.

Per his contract, Terrapins men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon will receive a $50,000 bonus because this team’s GSR exceeded 50 percent. Football coach Randy Edsall will receive a $25,000 bonus.

The Maryland women’s basketball team posted a GSR of 92. Women’s cross-country and track, field hockey and gymnastics posted perfect scores, as did the Terrapins men’s golf team.

The GSR does not penalize schools for student-athletes who transfer in good academic standing, and includes student-athletes who transfer into the school and receive sch0larships. It is a separate measurement from the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rates, which are released in the spring.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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