Nov. 12, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - Seven of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's athletic teams scored a perfect 100 percent in Graduation Success Rate (GSR), according to data released by the NCAA Oct. 27.

Teams that garnered perfect scores were men's and women's track and field/cross country, men's and women's tennis, women's basketball, women's bowling, softball and women's volleyball.

All UMES teams scored above the national average in each sport.

The GSR is an NCAA measurement that improves on the federally mandated graduation rate by including transfer data in the calculation. It was developed in response to college and university presidents who wanted graduation data that more accurately reflect the mobility among students in today's higher education climate.

It does not count against an institution whose student-athletes enroll and then leave while eligible, but does give credit for those who transfer into the institution and ultimately earn a degree.

The data is from the four-class aggregate of entering classes from 2000 through 2003, when UMES had 14 programs. Since then it added men's golf for a total of 15 teams. The NCAA has compiled sport-by-sport GSR and the comparable graduation rate for that time period, using the federally mandated methodology.