OXFORD, Ohio - The NCAA has released its Graduation Success Rate (GSR) report for 2012 and it once again reveals that Miami University's student-athletes are highly successful at earning one of America's most prestigious degrees.

According to the GSR calculation, which measures graduation in a six-year time frame from initial college enrollment (2002-05), Miami's student-athletes' overall GSR is 91 percent, two percent higher than its rate in the 2011 report. Miami's 91 percent is 10 percent higher than the national rate and tops all other Mid-American Conference institution by at least eight percent.

The GSR indicates that Miami's female student-athletes combined for a nearly perfect GSR of 95 percent, while male student-athletes graded out at a highly respectable 88 percent.

The GSR of 10 different RedHawk teams-men's golf (up 11% from last year to 100%), field hockey (up 6% to 100%), soccer (the same as last year at 100%), volleyball (the same as last year at 100%), softball (the same as last year at 100%), women's tennis (up 12% to 100%), men's golf (up 11% to 100%), men's swimming and diving (up 1% to 97%), men's basketball (up 10% to 92%) and football (84%)-rank at the top or are tied for best among their MAC counterparts' respective sports.

Other impressive rates were achieved by Miami baseball (up 7% to 89%), women's cross country and track and field (88%), men's cross country and track and field (up 1% to 85%), and ice hockey (up 10% to 83%).

Jennie Gilbert, Miami's Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator, praised Miami's student-athletes and compared them with those at other prominent universities.

"All of us at Miami University are proud of our student-athletes' exceptional achievements," said Gilbert. "This success is a result of their hard work, the mentorship from our coaches and support staff, and the dedication of the faculty. Their 91 percent GSR meets or exceeds the marks of such prestigious institutions as Rutgers (91%), Vanderbilt (91%) and Stanford (90%). The NCAA's data validates our students' academic performance as among the very best in the nation and mirrors the unique value of a Miami education."

Football, one of Miami's highest profile sports, produced a GSR that was 16 percent better than the sport's national rate of 68 percent. Football's GSR of 84 percent is one percent higher than the next highest MAC institution.

Inclusive of all institutions, Division 1 men's basketball recorded a GSR of 68 percent for entering classes of 2001-04, 24 percent lower than Miami's impressive rate of 92 percent in this year's report.

NCAA President Mark Emmert said that the GSR for the last four graduating classes of all Division I student-athletes (2002-2005) remains at 80 percent, still an all-time high for the NCAA. The most recent one-year GSR for the 2005 class is 81 percent, down one point from last year.  

"Our academic reforms continue to bear fruit," said Emmert. "We are not satisfied, but we are proud that we have reached another milestone, as now seven of every 10 student-athletes in our highest-profile sports are earning their degrees."

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