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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

KU records 70-percent athlete grad rate

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KU grad rates by sport

Men

Baseball - 62

Basketball - 64

CC/track - 54

Football - 53

Other - 80

Women

Basketball - 42

CC/Track - 93

Other - 84

The Kansas University athletic department Monday released its annual graduation-rate report, and for the second straight year, the university recorded a graduation success rate of 70 percent of its student athletes, meeting the NCAA's goal exactly.

The report is based on a four-year average of student-athletes who arrived at the school in the fall of '98, '99, '00 and '01.

According to the report, KU's men's basketball team graduated 64 percent of its athletes over the four-year period, with football graduating 53 percent. None of the athletes analyzed were members of the recruiting classes of men's basketball coach Bill Self or football coach Mark Mangino.

Women's basketball, meanwhile, recorded a 42 percent graduation rate, although those athletes were recruited by former coach Marian Washington.

The overall student-athlete graduation rate in the report - which is different from the graduation success rate in that it does not include transfers in or out of the school - was 59 percent, compared to 60 percent of non-student-athletes.

Monday's report acts as a kind of precursor to a more current, and pertinent, study. That comes next spring, when the NCAA's annual Academic Progress Rate is released. Unlike the school's graduation rates released Monday, the APR examines academic performance from just one year and comes with penalties if requirements are not met.

Last year, the KU football team's score of 919 was below the NCAA's penalty-free requirement of 925. In addition, KU had two players leave the program in poor academic standing, and had to give up two scholarships in the 2008 recruiting class.

School officials said Monday they were optimistic about the release of this year's APR.

"Our APR is going to look very good," said Paul Buskirk, associate athletic director in charge of student-athlete support services. "I can tell you that."

Comments

KUFan90 12 years, 2 months ago

why look at such old data. Athletes that grad 2002-2005? I question the value when none of them are even mangino/self recruits, considering how long they have been here.

jayhawkinATL 12 years, 2 months ago

Damn!!! Fifty-three percent is horrific!!! I thought the rate was better for FB.

FlaHawk 12 years, 2 months ago

The numbers better look good considering we lost two 208 scholarships in FB. Ig you start low, you can improve fast.These numbers just show how middle to bottom third KU is in the Big XII!.What is really disappointing is performance of WOman teams. They rarely win and still cannot graduate except in CC/Track.

swjhawk 12 years, 2 months ago

It pleases an old grad to see that pride in our academics, which is not reflected in the stats produced, is still extant. We are not just a place for sports and I don't want to see KU look like "them." I congratulate the writers on a sports comment board express outrage.

Ryan Wood 12 years, 2 months ago

Grad rates count athletes who finish in six years. That's why they're looking at such old entries, because those who enrolled in 2001 had until last year to finish up.

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