Maryland's graduation success rate rises again
University of Maryland teams posted their best Graduation Success Rate, 82 percent, in the most recent statistics announced Thursday. It was the third straight year that Maryland's GSR has risen. This year's numbers measure freshmen who entered the school from 2002-03 through 2005-06. The men's basketball team went from 46 percent in 2011 to 50 percent this year, while women's basketball improved from 81 percent to 93 percent. The football team's rate improved from 59 percent to 65 percent. The rate is different from the Academic Progress Rate, which is released in the spring and is a measure of whether team members are on a path to graduation. Rates for other Division I Maryland schools that play football and men's basketball were: Navy, 87 percent in football and 66 percent in men's basketball; Towson, 87 and 59; and Morgan State, 54 and 25. Men's basketball rates for schools in the state that don't play football were: Loyola, 91; UMBC, 86; Mount St. Mary's, 82; UMES, 75; and Coppin State, 44. Navy's all-sports rate of 93 percent is tied for eighth among all schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision and is the best among the three service academies; the national average is 80 percent. Notre Dame had the top all-sports rate of 99 percent, followed by Duke at 98 percent.