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NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma earned its highest student-athlete Graduation Success Rate ever, according to information released Tuesday by the NCAA.

Oklahoma has achieved significant improvement in its Graduation Success Rate in the last 10 years, climbing from 71% to the record 86% figure announced Tuesday. The NCAA's report reflects a four-year average of freshmen who enrolled in 2010-11 through 2013-14.

Seven Oklahoma programs registered a 100% Graduation Success Rate for the reporting period: men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's tennis and softball.

OU athletics programs with multi-year streaks of a 100% Graduation Success Rate are women's tennis (13 years), men's tennis (12), women's gymnastics (seven years) and men's gymnastics (five years).

The Graduation Success Rate for 15 of 17 of Oklahoma's intercollegiate athletics programs either increased or held steady from last year's report.

"We're extremely proud of the progress our individual sports programs continue to make academically, and especially of the dedication exhibited by our student-athletes to finish their degrees and set themselves up for success after athletics," said OU Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione. "The numbers in the latest Graduation Success Rate report also reflect the strong commitment of our coaches and academic support staff in making sure that graduation is the primary goal for our student-athletes. I'd like to express my gratitude and congratulations to everyone involved. We will continue our work to raise the bar even higher."

Notably, OU men's basketball's Graduation Success Rate of 90% shattered its previous record of 77 percent in 2014. Its GSR also exceeds the NCAA Division I average of 84% in the sport.

OU Athletics' single-year GSR of 94%, which accounts for student-athletes in the 2013 cohort, also marks a department record. It eclipses the previous annual GSR standard of 91% from the 2008 cohort. Men's basketball earned a 100% annual GSR for the third consecutive year.

Including their school-record 3.17 spring 2020 semester cumulative GPA, OU student-athletes have registered a cumulative GPA above 3.00 for a record 17 consecutive semesters. That cumulative GPA reflects the overall academic performance of those student-athletes from their first semester of collegiate enrollment through the completion of the spring 2020 term.

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