Many college athletes, especially black athletes, are unprepared for college. In this episode, we’ll talk to Dr Darron Smith of the University of Memphis to see how BYU’s graduation rate for black students compares to other colleges. I think the answer may surprise you. Dr. Smith says,
Vanderbilt has a very high GSR score, the Graduation Student Record. So basically when a student graduates from college, the university guarantees a student will graduate within a six year period after they have finished their years of eligibility. In this situation the students there have a much higher GSR, they graduate because the mission of Vanderbilt is education, not football. It’s why they don’t do very well. Occasionally they’ll do ok in basketball. Occasionally you have a fluke year where they’ll have a decent team. Generally Vanderbilt, when I was there in Nashville as a youth, they never did well because that wasn’t their mission. Their mission was education.
[BYU has] The lowest [black graduation rate] in the state? I was surprised to see that, very surprised to see that. The data, all of that data, plus the GSR scores, the story is becoming clearer.
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