MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — There’s some good news for University of Minnesota student-athletes. They are graduating at an all-time high, according to a report from the NCAA.

The NCAA’s 2012 graduation success rate (GSR) report says student-athletes are graduating at a rate of 83 percent. It’s a three-point improvement over last year’s GSR and a 16-point jump from 2005, when the NCAA began releasing figures.

“We are extremely pleased with the latest Graduation Success Rate report and the improvements our student-athletes continue to make in this area,” director of athletics Norwood Teague said. “Academic success and degree completion are important components of our vision for Gopher Athletics and I am proud of the achievements of our student-athletes. I am pleased to report that the academic performance of our current student-athletes is also very positive. The cumulative GPA at the end of last spring was 3.18 for all student-athletes, with 22 of 25 teams reporting cumulative team GPAs over 3.0. Strong performances in the classroom will continue to be our goal.”

More good news is that the women’s program continues to excel, with all 11 programs posting GSR figures of 83 percent or higher — eight programs scoring better than 90 percent.

The report represents data from first-time freshman, student-athletes who entered at midyear and student athletes who transferred to the U of M between 2002 and 2005. It excludes student-athletes who transfer from the university in good academic standing.

For more on the report, click here.


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