USC Athletes Graduation Rates Rank 2nd Lowest in the SEC
Raymond Harrison, Associate Athletic Director sits down with Carolina News to discuss the GSR ratings.
Several of the University of South Carolina's athletic programs are at the top of the Southeastern Conference including American past-time favorites baseball, football and soccer.
However, according to USC's Graduate Success Rate (GSR), the same can not be said about the athletic graduation rate for USC athletes.
THE GSR shows USC's graduation rate for athletes fell 6.4 percent in the last five years, making it the second worst five-year performance in the SEC.
Associate Athletic Director Raymond Harrison says he doesn't feel the GSR scale rates the program appropriately.
"Just this past year alone we had 104 student athletes graduate,. You know that wont show up in the next five or six years that's gonna show down the road because that's just the was the GSR is measured," says Harrison.
Former USC basketball player and current graduate assistant for the Academic Enrichment Center Jewel May says she believes part of the reason is because they didn't have the resources back then that they have today.
"I was a freshmen in 2007 so I came here that summer and I didn't really think that they were bad facilities but I didn't know and better but now I know what we have and what we can do as an athletic department," says May.
Regardless of how it is measured, Harrison and May both are positive the next ratings will be much higher than this years results.
"I couldn't see why the graduation rates wouldn't make a turn for the better and actually go back up," says May.