Monday, March 14, 2011

Jayhawks doing pretty well in academic bracket too


The Jayhawks have proved they can win on the court, but their classroom scores are pretty good, too.

Each year, the blog Inside Higher Ed creates an Academic Performance Tournament that’s filled out based on teams’ graduation rates. After winning that tournament last year, Kansas University lost this year in the Final Four to Butler, beating Boston University, Illinois, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M; along the way.

Each game is judged using teams’ Academic Progress Rate. In case of ties, the teams’ Graduation Success Rates are used.

A team’s APR is a score the NCAA uses to track academic eligibility and retention among players. It accounts for players who transfer, players who play professional basketball and players that leave for medical reasons.

KU’s men’s basketball team earned a perfect APR 1,000 score for the second year in a row. This year’s figure was based on data collected from 2005-09.

“We take our academic responsibilities seriously,” said Jim Marchiony, associate athletics director. “Fortunately, our student-athletes do as well.”

The GSR is a stricter metric that measures graduation rates. KU earned a GSR score of 80, using six-year graduation rate data calculated from 2003-09. That’s up from last year’s score of 73.

Paul Buskirk, KU’s associate athletics director who oversees KU’s academic support programs, credited the student-athletes, the basketball coaching staff, faculty and academic support staff for achieving good results.

Buskirk said he took some ribbing last year because academically KU won the tournament, but lost to Northern Iowa in the second round.

He said it’d be OK with him if the team decided to win the athletic competition this year, too.


BABBOY 9 years, 8 months ago

That is good to hear. Not a Ku fan, but Kudos to the entire team on getting good grades!!

Kent Wells 9 years, 8 months ago

OK, I'll bite. You're not a KU fan, but you have an account on So, what are you?

RacerHawkA11 9 years, 8 months ago

AGREED!!!!!! What is your problem? KU is the best and the best! Really, what are you? and if your not a KU fan what are you doing having an account on here?! Don't you know that??!!

Gregor Southard 9 years, 8 months ago

seems to me babboy doesn't have a problem

Jonathan Allison 9 years, 8 months ago

can you not comment on articles using an username?

I never visit LJWorld, so I wouldn't know. Just curious.

cklarock 9 years, 8 months ago

Thanks, BABBOY, we're proud of our program for graduating the guys who don't have pro careers ahead of them (and a few who do).

Dirk Medema 9 years, 8 months ago

Also worth noting: UT lost to Butler in the NC game, but beat Princeton and Duke along the way. Mizzoo lost to Bucknell in the second round.

cklarock 9 years, 8 months ago

Well, that's a round later than they are going to lose in the real tournament.

zsn 9 years, 8 months ago

Mizery only got to the second round because they went up against Cinci in the first round! Anyone know how many Cinci players actually graduated in the last 10 years? It's likely lower than their NCAA appearances in the same period!!

bradyboy 9 years, 8 months ago Starting to get pumped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RacerHawkA11 9 years, 8 months ago

I'm a major KU fan, and I'm extremely proud of them! Go Jayhawks! Academically and Athletically!!
Yeah, BABBOY! Who and what are you, if your not a KU fan?????!!!! Alien? It must suck being a person who dislikes KU! What IS it like??!!

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 8 months ago

teach me how to dougie ended up picking us to win it all. . .don't get it! he bashed us all year long, and all day yesterday. now he has changed his tune.

KU_FanSince75 9 years, 8 months ago

I always believed that you would have more success in the end if you had smart basketball players on your team. Congrats to the Jayhawks!

ahpersecoachingexperience 9 years, 8 months ago

anyone that has every known/lived by/had a class with a basketball player has to chuckle at this

"ain't no seats" is nothing compared to what most of us know

jehret 9 years, 8 months ago

Great job Jayhawks both in the classroom and on the court. Bill Self is the best thing that has happened to KU. Roy Williams couldn't hold his jock strap.

bad_dog 9 years, 8 months ago

From the article above: "This year’s figure was based on data collected from 2005-09."

I believe the period of 2005-2009 would include at least one year of the twins' academic performances.

Why does it matter to you anyway? It's a T E A M score.

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