The NCAA national office has announced the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) data for the 2002-05 cohort for all Division I institutions as part of the annual NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program. 

The Charlotte 49ers exceeded the GSR rates as an institution and all 12 sports (counting cross country and track together for each gender) at Charlotte turned in higher GSR numbers than those calculated at the NCAA and Federal levels.

The 49ers as a department exceeded the Federal Graduation Rate by an average of 25.5 percent in the four years in the most recent report, with a 27 percent figure better than the national average in 2002. Charlotte's GSR for student-athletes was 89 percent, achieved in 2004 and 2005, which was the highest number recorded by the school in the NCAA's report, which started tracking the data in 1998. The department has only been below 80 percent three times, with a 76 percent rate in 1998 as the lowest (the national average was at 59 percent that season.)

Men's golf, men's tennis, women's basketball and volleyball all posted 100 percent rates in 2005, with softball and women's tennis posting at least one season of a 100 percentage graduation success rate in the span of the data. Men's tennis and volleyball have been at a perfect 100 percent in every measured season by the NCAA.

The rates for the 12 sports measured by the NCAA were outperformed by 49ers teams by an average of 25.8 percent in 2005.

From 2002-2005, the Federal Graduation Rate was 58 percent, hitting a high of 64 percent in 2004 and settling at 63 percent at the last recorded data point, which included the 2005 freshman class. The 49ers posted an 85 percent rate as a department in 2002, slipping one point to 84 in 2003 before the back-to-back seasons of 89 percent in 2004 and 2005.

In addition, the 2005 Federal Graduation Rate for all students nationwide was 63 percent, with all student-athletes in those guidelines beating that number by two points at 65 percent. The NCAA's Graduation Success Rate for all student-athletes was 80 percent in 2005, versus Charlotte's 89 percent rate for freshmen entering at some point that year.

The Federal rate is measured by first-time freshmen enrolling in an institution in the fall of the selected year and graduating from that institution in a six-year period. It does not take into account transfers coming into or leaving an institution.

The NCAA Graduation Success Rate starts with the Federal data and adds transfers, mid-year enrollees and non-scholarship athletes. This adds an additional 38.2 percent of student-athletes tracked (30,489 additional nationwide, to be exact) for a more complete picture. Student-athletes that leave the institution before exhausting eligibility that are in good academic standing are removed from the initial institution's data cohort for these tracking purposes. There were 20,216 such occurrences in this date and an additional 1,628 student-athletes on teams no longer sponsored by their institution that were removed for these purposes.

The NCAA release also includes a searchable database that will allow member institutions, media and public to conduct searches by various criteria (e.g., by sport, conference, institution).