This year's change was marked by a 3 percent increase from last year for African-American athletes, to 77 percent from 74 percent.
"The success that our student-athletes are seeing in the classroom is a testament to the type of student-athletes our coaches are recruiting", director of athletics Tim Leonard said in a statement.
Ninety percent of Utah's student-athletes graduated within six years, according to the NCAA's 2016-17 Graduation Success Rate (GSR) released on Wednesday.
With a Graduation Success Rate of 90 percent, Penn State student-athletes tied the university's all-time record.
This is the fourth consecutive year that the department has either maintained or improved upon the previous year's figure. "We are proud of this noteworthy achievement".
One of Barnhart's goals for UK Athletics is a composite 3.0 grade-point average for all student-athletes. "We challenged each other, we poured resources into the program and we put great people in place to lead, mentor and educate our student-athletes who have since worked hard to make this happen".
The men's basketball GSR for the time period measured was 67 percent.
The Hokies' 86 percent GSR in football ranked fifth in the ACC and first among public universities in the league. Men's basketball's 100 percent is 21 points higher than the national average for the sport.
The latest GSR cohort includes student-athletes that enrolled at Georgia Tech from 2007-10.
The graduation success rate was developed as an improved measurement tool for tracking student-athletes' academic progress leading toward graduation. The GSR also takes into account the academic standing of mid-year enrollees, whereas the federal formula does not. The WCC average is 90 percent and the NCAA average is 85. First, the GSR holds colleges accountable for those student-athletes who transfer into their school.
"The University of Dayton has experienced tremendous success in competition and continues to be one of the best at graduating student-athletes".
The Marsha Sharp Center for Student Athletes has spaces for private study, computer labs, supplemental-instruction classrooms and a private conferencing area for tutoring and mentoring appointments for the student athletes at Tech, according to the release.